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

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

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 7:30pm

The Fort Mojave Indian Tribal Band leads the 2011 Indian Days Parade in Downtown Needles, Calif.

Photo by Cathleen O’Connell.

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, airing Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. on WXXI World, 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.

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