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Victoria Lindsay Levine
Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO 80903-3243)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2008 – 8/31/2009

Music and Intertribalism of Woodland Indian Communities in Oklahoma

This is a study of music, ceremonial life, and social relationships among the Woodland Indian communities of eastern Oklahoma, focused on the Yuchi but also including other Native Woodland people. Research began in the summer of 1998 and is being conducted collaboratively by myself and the anthropologist Jason Baird Jackson with Yuchi and other Woodland people. I am requesting an NEH Fellowship to support a 12-month sabbatical during the 2008-09 academic year, in order to write a book-length monograph based on this research. As the first comprehensive study of Woodland musical interaction and exchange, this study will illuminate the musical processes of intertribalism, which has been vital to the preservation of Native communities throughout the history of Native American peoples. The project will therefore contribute to an understanding of the role of music not only in Woodland intertribalism, but also in other intertribal movements throughout Native America.