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American Indian Music: Even More Than Drums and Flutes


with Scott Prinzing

director of the MusEco Media and Education Project, elementary teacher

Many Montanans associate American Indian music solely with powwow drumming or the Native American flute. Varieties of both of these musical forms are important to Indians all across America. However, Indians have also contributed to American music in virtually every genre, including traditions often associated with distinctly non-Indian ethnic groups, like rap, reggae, and country western. Prinzing looks at the contributions of American Indian musicians to the development of contemporary popular music, and explores a broad spectrum of music by American Indian individuals in genres ranging from blues to folk, country to gospel, and heavy metal to hip-hop.