The purpose of the Indigenous Music Section is to foster communication among performers and scholars of Indigenous musics for the exchange of information and ideas, and to organize paper sessions, performances, film screenings, and other activities within the context of meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology.
Our membership includes faculty, students, musicians, and independent scholars of Indigenous musics, broadly defined. The word "Indigenous" is meant to be an encompassing term that reaches beyond geographic and political terminologies. The term, however, is used to situate our research on peoples who claim an Native, Indigenous, First, Aboriginal identity—that is, people groups who share common origin stories, kinship ties, connections to place, and who typically have suffered colonial histories.
The section holds an annual business meeting in conjunction with the Society for Ethnomusicology conference. In addition to this site, members can stay in touch with the section by subscribing to our listserv by contacting the chair.