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Wednesday@Noon Lecture by Joshua Garrett-Davis. Indian Jukebox: Commercial Records of Native American Music, 1894–1950

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  12:10–1 p.m.

Location: Arts Building Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157
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Category: Lecture


Wednesday@Noon Series

Lecture by Joshua Garrett-Davis,
Assistant Curator at the Autry Museum of the American West

Indian Jukebox: Commercial Records of Native American Music, 1894–1950
The first commercial records of American Indian music were released in 1895 by the Berliner Gramophone Company. Half a century later, Native entrepreneurs founded two record labels, Tom Tom and American Indian Soundchiefs, claiming a kind of acetate sovereignty. Tracing an Indigenous discography across this period illuminates the relationships among ethnography, colonialism, capitalism, and cultural sovereignty as modern Native people built their place in the twentieth century.

Josh Garrett-Davis is an assistant curator at the Autry Museum of the American West. He is a Ph.D. candidate in U.S. history at Princeton University, finishing a dissertation titled, “Resounding Voices: American Indians and Audio Technology, 1890–1970.”

Free and open to the campus

The Wednesday@Noon Series offers concerts, lectures, and presentations of academic research by Department of Music faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students, and international guest artists and scholars.

Open to: Campus Only
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Music Department

Contact Information:
Kathy DeAtley
(951) 827-3245