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1961, 2 vols.) and Gilbert Chase, A Guide to the Music of Latin America, 2nd ed. (Washington: Pan American Union, 1962) are indispensable bibliographies. Bruno Nettl, An Introduction to Folk Music in the United States (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1960) is a brief survey.
Two attempts to show the various styles in North American Indian music are Helen H. Roberts, Musical Areas in Aboriginal North America (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1936) and Bruno Nettl, North American Indian Musical Styles (Philadelphia: American Folklore So­ciety, 1954). The most prolific author on North American Indian music was Frances Densmore, and all of her publications, many of them pub­lished by the Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., are worth examination. Recent developments in this field are discussed by Willard Rhodes, "Acculturation in North Ameri­can Indian Music," in Acculturation in the Americas, ed. Sol Tax (Chi­cago: University of Chicago Press, 1952). Robert Stevenson, The Music of Peru, Aboriginal and Viceroyal Epochs (Washington: Pan American Union, 1959) devotes two chapters to what is known of ancient Inca music. Karl G. Izikowitz, Musical and Other Sound Instruments of the South American Indians (Goteborg: Elanders, 1935) is a comprehensive discussion of its field.
The Library of Congress has issued a number of recordings made from Frances Densmore's collections in its series, Folk Music of the United States. Another series covering many tribes is Music of the Ameri­can Indian, edited by Willard Rhodes, Library of Congress AAFS L34-43.
Other recordings of North American Indian music of interest are Indian Music of the Canadian Plains, Folkways P 464; American Indians of the Southwest, Folkways FW 8850; and Music of the Sioux and Navaho, Folkways P 401. Indian music of Latin America is presented in Indian Music of Mexico, Folkways P 413; Music from, Mato Grosso, Folkways P 446; and Indian Music of the Upper Amazon, Folkways P 458.

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