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Native American Inspirations: From Spillville to Pine Ridge

Wed, October 16, 2019 – 7:30 pm

Native American Inspirations: From Spillville to Pine Ridge

In this unprecedented 125-year overview of music inspired by the Native American experience, our topic is the controversial relationship between Native America and American identity — then and now.

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We also exhume the “Indianists” movement in music —an attempt to use Native American music and lore to fashion a musical signature for all Americans. Its practitioners included the great Czech composer Antonin Dvorák, who in Spillville, Iowa, spent a month with Native American musicians; and Arthur Farwell, who as the leading Indianist undertook astounding explorations of Native American culture in parallel Bartok’s excavations of folk culture in Hungary.

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