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Library Exhibits at the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library: Indigenous Music from the Americas

Indigenous Music from the Americas - on display in Spring 2020

Indigenous Music from the Americas

Curated by Jazmine Rivera

Latin American Music

Latin American Music

Eleanor Hague: Latin American Music: Past and Present- Blaine Ethridge, 1982

We get a look into the past and present music of Latin America and what makes it unique. They do have certain focuses on Mayan and Aztec native groups.



This a cover a modern song using instruments from pre-hispanic times. 

These artists are from Ecuador and also sing in their native language, Quechua. 

Music of El Dorado

Music of El Dorado

Dale A. Olsen: Music of El Dorado: The Ethnomusicology of Ancient South American Cultures- University Press of Florida, 2002

Speaks about the music of the pre-hispanic era and how it has affected the Northern and Central Andes area. Also, speaks on the importance of certain instruments in the culture from that area.

Leo Rojas

El Condor Pasa - Summer Version

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El Condor Pasa

El Cóndor Pasa pasa]Spanish for "The Condor Passes") is an orchestral musical piece from the zarzuela El Cóndor Pasa bythe Peruvian composer Daniel Alomía Robles, written in 1913 and based on traditional Andean music, specifically folk music from Peru.
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Music in Latin America and the Caribbean

Malena Kuss: Music in Latin America and the Caribbean: An Encyclopedia History- Volume 1 Performing Beliefs: Indigenous People of South America, Central America, and Mexico- University of Texas Press, Austin, 2004

The entire book speaks on certain aspects of indigenous music whether it's the the history or the instruments. It goes very well in detail on these aspects.

Kusisqua Waqashayku

Kusisqua Waqashayku

DVD: Documentary: Kusisqua Waqashayku- Holly Wissler, 2007

This documentary gives us a modern view of how indigenous music has evolved. The english title of this file is “From Grief and Joy we sing” and they want to show the modernization of songs from thousands of years ago. Most of the people in this film still speak their native language, Qechua.

Indigenous Voice

Indigenous Voices

Gary Tomlinson: The Singing of the New World: Indigenous Voice in the Era of European Contact- Cambridge University Press, 2007    

Before the European influence, they take a look at the influence of indigenous music. They speak on the different styles and how they were used differently depending on the indigenous group.

Music in the Andes

Music in the Andes

Thomas Turino: Music in the Andes- Oxford University Press, 2008

This book shows and speaks on the unique and diverse musical background of the area of the Andes. They show how indigenous music mixes alongside with modern music and how there are still certain factors of indigenous music that has affected modern music.


Music of Latin America and the Caribbean

Music in Latin America and the Caribbean (2011)

Mark Brill: Music in Latin America and the Caribbean- Prentice Hall, 2011

This book covers a lot of information based on the types of instruments used from indigenous people of the pre-hispanic era.

Music in Mexico

Music in Mexico

Robert StevensonMusic in Mexico: A Historical Survey- Vail-Ballou Press, 1952

      This book talks about all the different music forms from Mexico. There is an area of the book where they focus on Mayan and Mexica music and how that has evolved and how some groups have started to make it a trend to either use certain sounds or musical instruments or the language to show the culture.

Final Thoughts


This is a more modernized version of indigenous music. They use modern instruments with the use of their native language, Huichol. This type of music they sing is cumbia, which is very popular in other areas of Mexico.