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Drackle - 15

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Buy and Download Description In 1881, Alice C. Fletcher (1838-1923) first visited the Omaha in Nebraska. Her initial responses to their song repertoire were not favourable. She heard 'little or nothing' of this music 'beyond a screaming downward movement that was gashed and torn by the vehemently beaten drum' (1994 [1893]: 7). However, fieldwork was to be a 'transformational experience' for her. The Omaha sang for her when she fell ill and as she recovered she learnt and sang the songs too. Later on in her fieldwork, knowledge of this repertoire enabled her to participate in ceremonies. Fletcher notes, 'the whole people took up the song and I too joined, able at last to hear and comprehend the music that had through all my difficulties fascinated even while it eluded me' (1994 [1893]: 9). Such experiences motivated her to abandon the evolutionary paradigms, then fashionable, that she had hoped to apply to analysis of this music. In 1881, Alice C. Fletcher (1838-1923) first visited the Omaha in Nebraska. Her initial responses to their song repertoire were not favourable. She heard 'little or nothing' of this music 'beyond a screaming downward movement that was gashed and t
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