The Ojibwa Dance Drum: Its History and Construction

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-01
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Pr
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"Initially published in 1982 as volume two of the Smithsonian's Folklife Studies series, Thomas Vennum's The Ojibwa Dance Drum is widely recognized as a significant ethnography of woodland Indians. His refreshing undertaking combined aging anthropological field studies with new ethnographic fieldwork and led him deep into the study of the Ojibwa dance drum."

Author Biography

Thomas Vennum served as an ethnomusicologist for twenty-seven years at the Smith-sonian Institution. He is a specialist in Native American music, about which he has published extensively. Rick St. Germaine is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Table of Contents

Editor's Prefacep. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Forewordp. 12
The Ojibwa and Their Musicp. 14
The Origin and Early History of the Dance Drump. 44
The Drum Dance and Its Functionsp. 76
The Decline of the Drum Dancep. 132
The Drum Properp. 156
Decorationsp. 170
Accessoriesp. 209
Variantsp. 241
The Dog Feastp. 250
The Lac Court Oreilles Drum Dance, circa 1940p. 253
Drum Society Structuresp. 268
Soundtrack Transcription of the Film The Drummakerp. 271
Glossary of Ojibwa Termsp. 281
Key to Abbreviated Sourcesp. 285
Notesp. 286
Bibliography: Sources on the Ojibwa and Their Musicp. 319
Afterwordp. 321
Indexp. 333
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