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example 8-5. Iroquois thanksgiving ritual song, from Wallace Chafe, Seneca Thanksgiving Rituals (Washington, D.C.: Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 183, 1961), p. 66.
musical variety is found in the western part of the continent. On the other hand, the large number of language families found in North America do not coincide in their geographic distribution with either the musical or the culture areas.
Indian music of Latin America
It is interesting to find some of the North American stylistic traits paralleled in South America. This is true of the terrace-shaped melodic contours of the Plains tribes, which are found also among tribes in Northern Argentina. But in contrast to North America, the South American Indians seem to have developed some polyphony to the level of definite intention; thus, the tribes of Tierra del Fuego occasionally sing in parallel fifths.
The Latin American area produced several Indian cultures

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