Sauk Valley Community College

Humanities 210

Writing Assignment Seven



First, visit the Earth Songs and the  Earth Drum Council sites. Each site offers articles to read which reflect several different uses of music. Choose one to read from each site. (The Rainbow Walker page offers articles on how Native Americans think about and use music. The Earth Drum page concerns "drum circles," an idea which has its roots in many different cultures, including Native American, Indian, African, and Latin American.) Also, please read about Tibetan performing arts from the official Tibetan Government-in-Exile site.

Also visit these three sites to listen to examples of Native American and Tibetan music. 

Side Canyon's Traditional Native American Music (Scroll down to "For All Eternity" for the tunes which are on Real Player)  

Tibetan Music for Ceremonies Compare the Tibetan National Anthem with one of the other ceremonial songs.

JJI Exile Website This is the website of a Tibetan pop group. As you know, many Tibetans are in exile because of the Chinese occupation of their homeland. Watch and listen to "We Are Exile" and see if you can recognize the influences.

Think about the lecture notes, the reading, the sites above, and the song examples. How might they all  relate? Is there a common theme? Attempt to identify this common theme in your writing. Then comment on how these texts do or do not reflect your own "use" of music.

This piece of writing must be formal--that is, whole sentences, grammatically correct, and punctuated correctly. 



Please use Google for your research. (Be sure to click WWW for searches beyond this site.)