Sousa on the Rez: Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum

The following are video chapters created to match with lesson plans outlined in the educational guide for Sousa on the Rez.

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Sousa on the Rez Educational Guide – Lesson Two, Audio Clip 1

Joe Guachino, J.R. Holmes and Wally Antone share their traditional Bird Songs in this track from the album Bird Songs of the Colorado River.

When you hear the phrase “Native American music” you may not think of tubas, trumpets, and Sousa marches. Yet, this rich musical tradition has been a part of Native American culture for over one hundred years.

When you hear the phrase "Native American music" you may not think of tubas, trumpets and Sousa marches. Yet, this rich musical tradition has been a part of Native American culture for over one hundred years. Sousa on the Rez: Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum is a half-hour documentary that offers viewers an unexpected and engaging picture of this little-known Native music scene. The film challenges viewers to expand their definition of Native American music and broadens their understanding of contemporary Indian life.

Cathleen O'Connell is an independent documentary producer based in Boston.

When you think of Native American music, do marching bands, trumpets, clarinets and flutes come to mind? If not, Cathleen O’Connell has a story for you.

In her latest documentary, Sousa on the Rez: Marching to the Beat of a Different Drum, O’Connell uncovers a musical tradition that has largely been forgotten in America--the Native American marching band.

 
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