An exploration of stick game songs in the United States: Past and present.
Stick game, known variously as hand game or bone game, is one of the oldest Native American games still played today. The gameplay is straightforward; played between two teams, team leaders attempt to guess the hidden location of small bones clenched in the fists of members from the opposing team. Constant rhythmic accompaniment and singing accompanies the game while team members and onlookers attend to the action closely, having bet either money or material goods on the game's outcome. For this hour-long lecture/listening party, Ethnomusicology PhD student Kathleen Kuo will draw from recordings held at the Archives of Traditional Music as well as recordings from her fieldwork conducted on the Flathead Reservation in western Montana in 2012. Featuring selected songs from the turn of the century as well as songs recorded by ethnomusicologists in the 1950s, Kathleen will focus on the historical and social context in which the recordings were made and will underscore the dynamic relationship to the past within contemporary practice.
The Hoagy Carmichael Room is located in Morrison Hall, Room 006 on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, IN.