Introduction Of Native American Music Essay

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Introduction to Native American Music

Music typically used, created or performed by Native North Americans, specifically traditional tribal music, is referred to as Native American music. Vocalization and percussion are usually the most important aspects of this type of music. Vocalizations can range from solo and choral song to responsorial, unison and multipart singing. Percussion instruments, particularly drums and rattles, are used to keep tempo for the singers, who use their native language as well as non-lexical vocables.
Traditional Native American music begins with a slow and steady beat that gradually grows faster and more emphatic. Drums and rattles, shouts and accented sound patterns add variety and provide queues for singers and dancers to make changes in the performance. Native American songs include both public pieces and “ ancient and unchanging” secret songs which are used only for sacred ceremonial purposes. Throughout native North American cultures, there are public sacred songs and ritual speeches that may be perceived as musical because of the use of rhythm and melody.
Music of the Yuman Culture

A group of Native American tribes indigenous to Southern California, and Baja California includes the Cocopa, Havasupai, Kiliwa, Maricopa, Mohave, Paipai, Quechan, Tipai-Ipai, Walapai, Yavapai people. Collectively, these tribes are known as the Yumans (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2014). According to tradition, Yuman songs are revealed to a person in the dream…

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