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Recorded Talk: To Sing in a Strange Land: Native American Youth Making Music in the Residential Schools

March 24, 2020 - May 8, 2020

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Melissa Parkhurst from the WSU School of Music will speak on music and memory in the Nez Perce Nation. Since 1879, Native American children from all regions of the United States have entered federal boarding schools.  These residential schools were founded on the practice of forced relocation, where children live far from their homes.  This has impacted countless Native families, including many of the Nez Perce community.  How do Native youth use music to sustain themselves during this time of living in exile?  And what happens when they return home? Light refreshments provided.

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March 24, 2020
May 8, 2020
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