Native American Inspirations:
From Spillville to Pine Ridge
An unprecedented 125-year overview of music inspired by the Native American experience.
October 16- 21, 2019
Our topic is the controversial relationship between Native America and American identity — then and now.
Our participants include:
— The Lakota Music Project of the South Dakota Symphony, in its first trip east.
— Eminent Native American performers from South Dakota’s Pine Ridge and Sisseton reservations: flutist Bryan Akipa and singer Emmanuel Black Bear, also Oglala Lakota elder Chris Eagle Hawk.
We also exhume the “Indianists” movement in music — an attempt to use Native American music and lore to fashion a musical signature for all Americans.
Its practitioners included the great Czech composer Antonin Dvorák, who in Spillville, Iowa, spent a month with Native American musicians; and Arthur Farwell, who as the leading Indianist undertook astounding explorations of Native American culture in parallel Bartok’s excavations of folk culture in Hungary.