To Win the Indian Heart
256 pages, 5 1/5 x 9 2/5
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Release Date:01 May 2014
ISBN:9780870717383
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To Win the Indian Heart

Music at Chemawa Indian School

Oregon State University Press
Since 1879, Indian children from all regions of the United States have entered federal boarding schools – institutions designed to assimilate them into mainstream society. Chemawa Indian School in western Oregon, one of the nation’s oldest and the longest still in continuous operation, is an emblem of a system that has intimately impacted countless lives and communities. Combining oral histories of Chemawa alumni with archival records of campus life, the book examines the prominent forms of music making at Chemawa – school band, choirs, private lessons, pageants, dance, garage bands, and powwows. Parkhurst traces the trajectory of federal Indian policy, highlighting students’ creative responses and the ways in which music reveals the inherent contradictions in the US government’s assimilation practices. 
RELATED TOPICS: Indigenous Studies

Melissa D. Parkhurst is an instructor of music at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, where she teaches courses on World Music and Music History. She earned a doctorate in ethnomusicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her current research interests include First Nations music in the Pacific Northwest, how music promotes personal and community resilience, and the role of music in cultural revitalization.

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