Thursday, May 29, 2014

Book Beginning: To Win the Indian Heart: Music at Chemewa Indian School by Melissa D. Parkhurst


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Music has always been of vital importance to Indian people. For some Native groups, their very creation is predicated on it.
-- To Win the Indian Heart: Music at Chemewa Indian School by Melissa D. Parkhurst, published by Oregon State University Press, as part of its collaborative First Peoples series.

Parkhurst relies on archival records and oral histories of Chemewa alumni to present a detail-rich and thoughtful examination of the way music shaped the lives of children sent to Indian school.

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