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Continuity and Change
by Thomas Vennum, Jr.

The number of song categories once present in the Ojibway repertoire has been drastically reduced. Gone is much of the sacred music-songs used for success in deer hunting, for instance-as well as genres that Densmore's singers remembered from their youth but which were in a state of decline when she collected. Of the genres alive today, this recording presents contemporary songs for the moccasin game, story songs, dream songs, and love songs, juxtaposed with historical recordings. Added to these are examples of some recent directions of Ojibway music: urban, instrumentally accompanied song that has been influenced by popular and essentially non-Indian styles. (In deference to the religious sensibilities of the Ojibway people, we have not included performances of sacred material.)

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