Monday, October 25, 2010

Singing Hard: Aesthetics, Sound Production, and Vernacular Notions of Vocal Hygiene and Health in Powwow Music

Tuesday 2nd November
Room ED-4036, Education Building, MUN

In this presentation, Dr. Janice Tulk (Visiting Assistant Professor in Folklore) explores how notions of vocal hygiene and health are intricately linked with the aesthetics of a particular musical genre or music-culture. As she explains: "I investigate the aesthetics associated with intertribal powwow singing and the ways in which these ideals are communicated between members. I also critically consider how my own training in techniques of western vocal production shaped my participation in a First Nations drum group and how my notions of vocal health contrasted with the emic (insider) perspective."

Colleagues and friends from Memorial University and beyond are welcome to attend. Please feel free to bring your lunch. For more information, contact Joy Fraser ( or Ian Hayes (

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