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November 25, 2014
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MUSC 299 – National Day of Mourning

It’s Thanksgiving in America and once again, it’s time to pause and consider what the complex history of the United States and the people who inhabited this continent before colonists arrived. Every year people gather in Plymouth to remind people … Continue reading

November 10, 2014
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MUSC 299 and 168 – Apaches, Shadows, Bongos, and Hip Hop

The 1954 Hollywood film Apache stars Burt Lancaster as Massai, an Apache Indian who refuses to surrender to the white man. All of the Indian roles are played by whites with dark makeup in an odd twist on blackface minstrelsy. For all that, … Continue reading

October 9, 2014
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MUSC 299 – If anyone was offended…

OutKast caused a storm that quickly died down in most quarters with their 2004 performance at the Grammy Awards. Actions such as theirs reinforce stereotypes and some people feel it trivializes the work, aspirations, messages, beliefs, and identity of those within indigenous … Continue reading

June 18, 2014
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MUSC 299 – Many names and faces

The US Patent Office recently cancelled the trademark registration by the Washington Redskins after hearing a case filed with the appeal board on behalf of Native Americans. The fight over the team’s name has a long (legal) history and many … Continue reading

April 23, 2014
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MUSC 299 – Music with a Mission

This photograph from the concert at the end of The American Indian Movement’s “The Longest Walk,” Washington, DC, July, 1978, suggests ways that music, messages, and movements can come together. (From left: Muhammad Ali, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, … Continue reading