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Two new works were composed by top Native American composer Brent Michael Davids to meet the educational standards in K-12 arts education for learning about American Indian culture. Be sure to check out the American Indian Band Music BLOG and add your own band photos and comments!
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INDIAN STORY TIME
(3:15) For Concert Band Level 2-2.5. PDF: Score, Parts.
A tribute to the American Indians of Minnesota, Indian Story Time musically recounts 2 tales of the Dakota and Ojibwe, respectively. Each story unfolds in a musical way within the band composition, while the full narratives are referenced in the sources below. The band melodies are reminiscent of Dakota and Ojibwe songs, but do not quote any particular tune, leaving that to the authenticity of the Indigenous People themselves. For example, some Native songs are sung only at certain ceremonies, at certain events, or times of the year. Some music is restricted and performed only by the Indians themselves. Other songs are open, and freely shared by anyone, both Indians and non-indians alike. However, in all cases, only American Indians can authentically create and perform American Indian music, and out of respect to their traditions, the band music does not contain any musical quotes or renditions of American Indian songs. The music is composed in the style of the songs, but is newly composed.
INDIAN TREATY TIME
(5:15) For Concert Band Level 3-3.5. PDF: Score, Parts.
A tribute to the American Indians of Minnesota, Indian Treaty Time musically evokes the massive loss of indigenous lands that left the Dakota and Ojibwe people removed from their original territories. American Indians did not own land privately, as Western European settlers may have assumed. The idea that land could be bought and sold was a foreign concept not shared by the Indians. For Dakota and Ojibwe people, the land was regarded as a living relative where Indians and Earth existed in a shared kinship relationship. The treaties were agreements between sovereign nations, and considered the highest law of land by the US Constitution. It is hoped that Indian Treaty Time will open another doorway for discussion, in a way that is respectful, is musical, and honors the Dakota and Ojibwe of Minnesota.