The Unbroken Circle: Native American Song and Dance

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WKS 420
The Unbroken Circle: Native American Song and Dance

This program has been cancelled for Summer 2021.

July 12-16, 2021 / Monday-Friday, times TBA; in-class showcase on final day
Online course

Daystar / Rosalie Jones

The songs and dances of Native North America are a rich source of original forms that serve to express the beauty and power of the natural world and our place in that realm. Here is an introduction to the melodic and rhythmic forms of a variety of tribal Nations across the Americas: Menominee, Ojibway, Cherokee, Creek and Inuit, among others. In most Indigenous cultures, dance and song accompany one another. Therefore, participation will begin with selected songs learned with and without written scores and an opportunity to compose new songs in a cultural form and context. Songs will be paired to the learning of appropriate cultural dances accompanied by drums, shakers, flutes and other traditional instruments. This material gives a unique perspective into the evolution of world song and dance.

“Native American people have volumes to speak, not only to non-Indian society, but to each other as well…I intend to continue not only as a performer, teacher, and choreographer, but also as a catalyst for cross-cultural understanding.” – Daystar / Rosalie Jones

Professional Development Hours: 10
$250 / noncredit     WKS 420-1

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Read our blog: Summer@Eastman 2020: THE UNBROKEN CIRCLE Native American Song and Dance Workshop