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Amerindians at the Rodeos and Their Music

Elaine Keillor
The World of Music
Vol. 44, No. 1, Indigenous Popular Music in North America: Continuations and Innovations (2002), pp. 75-94
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41699401
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Abstract

After the First Peoples of North America adopted the horse in the Plains and Plateau regions, early contact written documentation and oral indigenous testimony refer to a range of songs associated with horses such as Riding Songs. With the demise of the buffalo, the life style of these peoples changed drastically and they became involved in ranching and rodeo. Although the original circumstances for singing certain kinds of songs connected with the horse were no longer available, Plains/Plateau persons involved in ranches and rodeos continued to sing, often using Horse Dance songs and Riding Songs. They were also using forms of 'rubbaboos ' which included Euro-Canadian/American folksongs of rodeo/ranching life, otherwise often called cowboy songs. These two streams of songs associated with the horse can be detected in contemporary songs of Native performers such as Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dave Schildt, and Tim Ryan.

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