Instruments of Power: Musical Performance in Rituals of the Ancestral Puebloans of the American Southwest

Emily Brown

Sparks, SAR Boardroom

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free

Videography and video editing by SAR volunteer John Sadd
Sapawe WhistlesSapawe WhistlesPhotograph courtesy of Emily BrownSapawe WhistlesPhotograph courtesy of Emily Brown

Archaeologists rarely study sound production in prehistory. Using a multidisciplinary approach that includes musicology, archaeology, iconography, history, and ethnography to examine musical instruments from the Southwest, much has been learned about music, musicians, and the social and physical contexts of music prior to European contact. A native New Mexican, Emily Brown has worked as an archaeologist for the National Park Service and now owns an archaeology consulting firm in Santa Fe.

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