Music Collections and Archives

Ballard, L. W. (2002) American Indian Music For the Classroom. Santa Fe NM: New Southwest Music Publications. (P.O. Box 4552, Santa Fe NM 87502) This is a reissue of a classic publication and is a well-documented collection of songs, dances, games, and information for teachers from many tribes. Includes teacher’s book, recordings (available on cassette or CD), packet of photographs and transparencies.

Bierhorst, J. (1979). A Cry from the Earth: Music of the North American Indians. Santa Fe, NM: Ancient City Press.

Broughton, S. & Ellingham, M. (Eds.). (2002). The Rough Guide: World Music Volume II: Latin & North American, Caribbean, India, Asia and Pacific. London: Rough Guides Ltd.

Browner, T. (2002). Heartbeat of the People: Music and Dance of the Northern Powwow. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Burton, B. (1993). Moving Within the Circle: Contemporary Native American Music and Dance. Danbury, CT: World Music Press. This resource includes song scores, cultural information, and a CD.

Decesare, R. (1997). Myth, Music, and Dance of the American Indian. New York: Alfred Publishing Co. (book and CD)

Densmore, F. (1974). American Indians and their Music. New York: Johnson Reprint Corp. (Original work published c1926) Frances Densmore was a renowned and prolific writer and classic collector of American Indian music. Information about Densmore and her over 400 publications on the music she collected are widely available through many libraries and international distributors.

Heth, C. (Ed.). (1993). Native American Dance: Ceremonies and Social Traditions. Washington, DC: National Museum of American Indian, Smithsonian Institution.

Hitchcock, H.W. & Sadie, S. (1986). New Grove Dictionary of American Music, Volume II. London: Macmillan Press, Ltd.

Keeling, R. (1997). North American Indian Music: A Guide to Published Sources and Selected Recordings. New York: Garland Press. (Garland Library of Music Ethnomusicology)

Levine, V. L., (Ed.) (2002) Writing American Indian Music: Historic Transcriptions, Notation, and Arrangements. MUSA (Music of the United States of America), Volume 11, (Published for the American Anthropological Society by A-R Editions, Inc.) Middleton, WI: American Musicological Society.

“Musical revitalization among the Choctaw”
American Music, Winter, 1993 by Victoria Lindsay Levine.

Nettl, B., Capwell, C., Wong, I., & Turino, T. (2000) Excursions in World Music. (3rd ed.) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Swann, B., (Ed.) (1997). Native American Songs and Poems: An Anthology. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications.

Vennum Jr., T. (no date). Ojibway Music from Minnesota: A Century of Song for Voice and Drum. Minnesota Historical Society Press. (CD recording with book)

Vennum Jr., T. (1982). The Ojibwa Dance drum: Its History and Construction. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Folklife Studies SFS-2, 1982. Although out of print, this book is probably available from most major libraries.

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