Cultural Survival Quarterly Magazine

Traditional Music in Community Life: Aspects of Performance, Recordings, and Preservation

Traditional Music in Community Life: Aspects of Performance, Recordings,. and Preservation

Traditional Music in Community Life

To be human is to make music, and the music we make says a great deal about who we are or, at least, who we think we are. That is why music is not just humanity's way of banishing the eternal and terrifying silence of the universe. It is also the way in which each piece of humanity lays claim to its own particular character. Music is thus profoundly ambiguous.

The Sound of Music: Suya Song Structure And Experience

The Sound of Music: Suyá Song Structure and Experience.

Surviving through the Dance: Sung Round Dance as the Expression of Defiance and Croatian Pride

Surviving through the Dance: Sung Round Dance as the Expression of. Defiance and Croatian Pride

Songs, Land Rights, and Archives in Australia

For Aboridinal Australians, songs give dynamic proof of land ownership. Richard Moyle encapsulates the connection between the songs and the land in his book, Alyawarra Music (1983). Certain people own songs and the permission to perform them. The owners of the songs also own the ceremonies connected with those songs.

Silent Spring in Siberia: The Plight of the Vilyuy Sakha

The Vilyuy River, located in a remote area in the Sakha Republic of eastern Siberia, used to be crystal clear and full of fish. The people used to be strong and healthy, with the third longest life expectancy in the world. The fields and woods used to burst forth in a thick carpet of wild flowers and were filled with an orchestra of bird songs.

Returning Music to the Makers: The Library of Congress, American Indians, and the Federal Cylinder Project

Returning Music to the Makers: The Library of Congress, American Indians,. And the Federal Cylinder Project

Kekchi High School Scholarship Project

Indigenous groups in Central America face many problems and challenges due to poverty, environmental destruction, and their lack of a voice in national politics. One of the best tools to face these challenges is education.

Drumming in the Shadow of a Satellite Dish

Standing on the threshold of a mud house, Kebba Jafouneh lifts a drum above his head and taps out the name of a drummer who is missing from our recording session. We have no other way to call him. We are only a couple hundred feet from the main highway in the Gambia, but we have crossed into a world still without electricity and phones.

Black Snow: Oil and the Khanty of West Siberia

While the West applauds the collapse of the Soviet Union, the disintegration of the Center as an effective political force in Russia has fostered the rapid development of a freebooting, frontier capitalism in western Siberia, based on oil and gas.