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Indigenous Music from Wounded Knee to the Billboard Charts

In what ways did the music of Native Americans mark them as outsiders from the developing narratives of “American-ness” in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and how did the federal government attempt to use music as a tool to force assimilation?
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The Indigenous Roots of Rock and Roll

What does Link Wray’s biography say about how Native Americans lived in the first half of the 20th century, and what role did Wray’s upbringing have on his music?
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Debating Cultural Appropriation

What is cultural appropriation, how does it affect Native American communities, and should it be regulated by law?
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The Music and Poetry Behind the Red Power Movement

What was the Red Power movement, and what role did Folk and Country music play within it?
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Negotiating Native Identity through Art, Poetry and Music

How have Native American musicians, poets, and visual artists negotiated their identity, and what role does physical space play in these negotiations?

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