This page includes reference lists for publications on Indigenous music and related research. Primarily, this list focuses on ethnomusicological research.
The list is organized by large geographic orientations (e.g., North America, Pacific/Oceania, Asia, global, etc.) and then listed alphabetically by author and date of publication.
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Browner, Tara. 2004. Heartbeat of the People: Music and Dance of the Northern Pow-wow. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯, eds. 2009. Music of the First Nations: Traditions and Innovation in Native North America. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
Berglund, Jeff, Jan Johnson, and Kimberli Lee, eds. 2016. Indigenous Pop: Native American Music from Jazz to Hip Hop. Tucson, AZ: The University of Arizona Press.
Diamond, Beverley. 2007. "Music of Modern Indigeneity: From Identity to Alliance Studies." European Meetings in Ethnomusicology. The John Blacking Distinguished Lecture in 2006. 12:169–190.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 2008. Native American Music in Eastern North America: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture. New York: Oxford University Press.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 2012. "'Re' Thinking: Revitalization, Return and Reconciliation in Contemporary Indigenous Expressive Culture." Trudeau Lectures, 2010–2011, 118–140. Montreal: Trudeau Foundation of Canada.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯, ed. 2012. MusiCULTURES (Special Issue on Indigenous Modernities, co-edited with Kati Szego and Heather Sparling). 39 (1).
Diamond, Beverley and Anna Hoefnagels, eds. 2012. Aboriginal Music in Contemporary Canada: Echoes and Exchanges. McGill-Queen's University Press.
Frisbie, Charlotte J. 1977. Music and Dance Research of Southwestern United States Indians: Past Trends, Present Activities, and Suggestions for Future Research. Detroit, MI: Information Coordinators.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 1980. Southwestern Indian Ritual Drama. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press.
Howard, James H. And Victoria Lindsay Levine. 1990. Choctaw Music and Dance. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.
Jackson, Jason Baird and Victoria Lindsay Levine. 2002 “Singing for Garfish: Music and Woodland Communities in Eastern Oklahoma.” Ethnomusicology 46 (2): 284–306.
Jacobsen, Kristina. 2017. The Sound of Navajo Country: Music, Language, and Diné Belonging. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 2014. "Radmilla's Voice: Music Genre, Blood Quantum and Belonging on the Navajo Nation." Cultural Anthropology 29 (2): 385–410.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 2009. "Rita(hhh): Placemaking and Country Music on the Navajo Nation." Ethnomusicology 53 (3): 449–477.
Keillor, Elaine, Tim Archambault, and John M.H. Kelly. 2013. Encyclopedia of Native American Music of North America. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC.
Koons, Ryan and Elisabeth Le Guin. 2015. "The Politics of Performing the Other: Curating an Early Music Concert." Ethnomusicology Review 20.
Marshall, Kimberly Jenkins. 2016. Upward, Not Sunwise: Resonant Rupture in Navajo Neo-Pentecostalism. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
Levine, Victoria Lindsay. 1991a. “Arzelie Langley and a Lost Pantribal Tradition.” In Ethnomusicology and Modern Music History, Stephen Blum, Philip V. Bohlman, and Daniel M. Neuman, eds., 190–206. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 1991b. “Feathers in Southeast American Indian Ceremonialism.” Expedition 33 (2): 3–11.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 1993. “Musical Revitalization among the Choctaw.” American Music 11 (4): 391–411.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 1997a. “Music, Myth, and Medicine in the Choctaw Indian Ballgame.” In Enchanting Powers: Music in the World’s Religions, Lawrence Sullivan, ed., 189–218. Cambridge: Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 1997b. “Text and Context in Choctaw Social Dance Songs.” Florida Anthropologist 50 (4): 183–87.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 1998. “American Indian Musics, Past and Present.” In Cambridge History of American Music, David Nicholls, ed., 3–29. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 2002. Writing American Indian Music: Historic Transcriptions, Notations, and Arrangements. Music of the United States of America, Volume 11. Middleton, WI: A-R Editions for the American Musicological Society.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 2004a. “Choctaw at Ardmore, Oklahoma.” In Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 14: Southeast, Raymond D. Fogelson, ed., 531–3. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 2004b. “Music.” In Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 14: Southeast, Raymond D. Fogelson, ed., 720–33. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 2014. “Reclaiming Choctaw and Chickasaw Cultural Identity through Music Revival.” In Caroline Bithell and Juniper Hill, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Music Revivals, 300–22. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
2015. “Regional Songs in Local and Translocal Spaces: The Duck Dance Revisited.” In Victoria Lindsay Levine and Philip V. Bohlman, editors, The Thing Called Music: Essays in Honor of Bruno Nettl, 458–70. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
Levine, Victoria Lindsay and Bruno Nettl. 2011. “Strophic Form and Asymmetrical Repetition in Four American Indian Songs.” In Analytical and Cross-Cultural Studies in World Music, Michael Tenzer and John Roeder, eds., 288–315. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
McAllester, David P. 1949. Peyote Music. New York: Columbia University.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 1954. Enemy Way Music: A Study of Social and Esthetic Values as Seen in Navaho Music. Cambridge, MA: The Museum.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 1961. Indian Music in the Southwest. Colorado Springs, CO: Taylor Museum.
Merriam, Alan P. 1964. The Anthropology of Music. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 1967. Ethnomusicology of the Flathead Indians. Chicago: Aldine Publishing Company.
Nettl, Bruno. 1954. North American Indian Musical Styles. Philadelphia: American Folklore Society.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 1956. Music in Primitive Culture. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 1989. Blackfoot Musical Thought: Comparative Perspectives. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press.
Perea, John-Carlos. 2014. Intertribal Native American Music in the United States: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture. New York: Oxford University Press.
Robinson, Dylan. 2020. Hungry Listening: Resonant Theory for Indigenous Sound Studies.Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Scales, Christopher. 20012. Recording Culture: Powwow Music and the Aboriginal Recording Industry on the Northern Plains. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Hill, Juniper. 2006. “From Oppression to Opportunity to Expression: Intercultural Relations in Indigenous Musics from the Ecuadorian Andes.” Ethnomusicology Review 12.
Rios, Fernando. 2012. “The Andean Conjunto, Bolivian Sikureada and the Folkloric Musical Representation Continuum.” Ethnomusicology Forum 21 (1): 5–29.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 2020. Panpipes & Ponchos: Musical Folklorization & the Rise of the Andean Conjunto Tradition in La Paz, Bolivia. New York: Oxford University Press.
Seeger, Anthony. 2004. Why Suyá Sing: A Musical Anthropology of an Amazonian People. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
Turino, Thomas. 1993. Moving Away from Silence: Music of the Peruvian Altiplano and the Experience of Urban Migration. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 2008. Music in the Andes: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture. New York: Oxford University Press.
Diettrich, Brian, Jane Freeman Moulin, and Michael Hugh Webb. 2011. Music in Pacific Island Cultures: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture. New York: Oxford University Press.
Donaghy, Keola. 2013. “He Ahupua‘a Ke Mele: The Ahupua‘a Land Division as a Conceptual Metaphor for Hawaiian Language Composition and Vocal Performance.” Ethnomusicology Review 18.
Feld, Steven. 1982. Sound and Sentiment: Birds, Weeping, Poetics, and Song in Kaluli Expression. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Feld, Steven and Keith H. Basso, eds. 1996. Senses of Place. Santa Fe, NM: School of American Research Press.
Stillman, Amy Ku‘uleialoha. 1998. Sacred Hula: The Historical Hula Ala Apapa. Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press.
Fairfield, Benjamin. 2013. “I am Tehnaku: The Reification and Textuality of “Chi” Suwichan’s Karen Harp.” Ethnomusicology Review 18.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 2015. “The Map that Christmas Carols Made: A Case of Musical Appropriation and Application in a Karen Village.” Rian Thai: International Journal of Thai Studies 8.
Suwichan Pattanaphraiwan (Chi). 2015. I am Tehnaku, trans. Benjamin Fairfield. Chiang Mai: Sangsilp Printing.
Hilder, Thomas R. 2012. “Repatriation, Revival and Transmission: The Politics of a Sámi Musical Heritage.” Ethnomusicology Forum 21 (2): 161–179.
⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯. 2015. Sami Musical Performance and the Politics of Indigeneity in Northern Europe. London: Rowman and Littlefield.
Grant, Catherine. 2012. “Rethinking Safeguarding: Objections and Responses to Protecting and Promoting Endangered Musical Heritage.” Ethnomusicology Forum 21 (2): 31–51.
Keeling, Richard. 2012. “Animal Impersonation Songs as an Ancient Musical System in North America, Northeast Asia, and Arctic Europe.” Ethnomusicology 56 (2): 234–265.
Neuenfels, Karl, Jonathan Stock, and Max Baumann. 2007. Indigenous Peoples, Recording Techniques, and the Recording Industry. Berlin: VWB-Verlag für Wissenschaft und Bildung.