Who doesn’t love music? But what does music do for us? Music can do more than express feelings or set a mood. Music can tell stories. Music can mark ceremonies. Music can teach. Because music expresses identity and traditions, music is political. This course will introduce students to the politics, practices, aesthetics, and purposes of North American Indigenous music. Our readings, as well as the musical examples, will be organized according to overlapping themes such as “welcoming, asking permission and thanksgiving,” to “revitalization and resistance,” and more. Students will learn that as with many Indigenous art forms, music exists in a means to express cultural continuity, and is embedded in and reflective of all aspects of Native American social life.