8. North American Indigenous Song, the Sacred and the Senses
Sensual Religion - Religion and the Five Senses - Graham Harvey
Byron Dueck [+]
The Open University
Byron Dueck is Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the Open University. He is the author of Musical Intimacies and Indigenous Imaginaries: Aboriginal Music in Public Performance (Oxford University Press), and the co-editor, with Martin Clayton and Laura Leante, of Experience and Meaning in Musical Performance (Oxford University Press).
How does music shape the experience of the sacred? This chapter looks at two genres of North American Indigenous singing – drum song performed at powwows, and gospel singing associated with funerary wakes – in exploring how music mediates sacred presences and process.