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FROM THE EROTIC TO THE DEMONICOn Critical Musicology$
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Derek B. Scott

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151961.001.0001

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THE NATIVE AMERICAN IN POPULAR MUSIC

THE NATIVE AMERICAN IN POPULAR MUSIC

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FROM THE EROTIC TO THE DEMONIC
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Derek B. Scott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151961.003.0004

This chapter focuses on representations of the American Indian in popular styles of Western music from the 18th century to the present. The intention is to show how cultural difference is represented, when little is known or understood about the culture of those being represented, and to consider how shifting perceptions of the Native American can be related to changes in attitude to the “civilized” and the natural world. The emphasis on the popular sharpens the argument, because this kind of representation needs to be widely understood and easily assimilated in order for it to be popular. The ideology embedded in way the American Indian is represented tells us, predictably, about the attitudes of the person who stands outside Native American culture.

Keywords:   popular song, Native American, natural, nature, noble savage

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