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The American Indians
The American continents possess a great wealth of traditional music. Some of it, that of the Indians, has been in existence here for a long time. Another part of it, on the other hand, has been brought from other continents—mainly Europe—and preserved intact. Some, again, has developed as an offshoot of these imported foreign tra­ditions; and some has resulted from the combination of separate traditions on American soil. Finally, some has come about inde­pendently, through the particular character and values of the Ameri­can cultures, with relatively little stimulation from older traditions. It seems most sensible to discuss the folk and ethnic music of the iVmericas from three views: 1) the Indian, which is a tradition rela-







E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III