KUYI Hopi Radio Interviews Zuni Elders about Repatriated Songs

Trevor Reed, Ronnie Cachini, Octavius Seowtewa, Bruce Talawyma, Stewart Koyiyumptiwa. Front: EJ, Leigh Kuwanwisiwma

Outside KUYI 88.1 Studios. L-R: Trevor Reed (HMRP), Ronnie Cachini (ZCRE), Octavius Seowtewa (ZCRE), Bruce Talawyma (KUYI), Stewart Koyiyumptiwa (HCPO). Front: EJ (KUYI), Leigh Kuwanwisiwma (HCPO)

DJ TawaTiyo (Bruce Talawyma) interviews Zuni elders Ronnie Cachini and Octavius Seowtewa about Zuni music currently being repatriated from the Laura Boulton World Music Collection at Columbia University to the Zuni people.  The elders also discuss the deep-seated relationships between Hopis and Zunis and the importance of maintaining language and traditional singing practices.  Also present were Stewart Koyiyumptewa, Hopi Tribal Archivist, and Trevor Reed, HMRP Lead Researcher.  Many thanks to KUYI, the Zuni Cultural Resource Enterprise, the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, the Hopi Foundation, and Columbia University’s Center for Ethnomusicology for making this Hopi-Zuni cultural exchange possible.

Production: Thomas Humeyestewa
KUYI General Manager: Richard Davis

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Article looks at HMRP and Hopi-Zuni Song Exchange

Many thanks to the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office and the Office of the Chairman for featuring the Hopi Music Repatriation Project’s collaborative work with the A:shiwi (Zuni) people in the September 2013 issue of the Hopi Tumalhoymuy Tutuveniam. Kwakwahy!

Click here to view: HTT September 2013.

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HMRP Featured in Columbia Record

Thank you to Gary Shapiro and the Columbia Record for the recent article on the Center for Ethnomusicology‘s current repatriation efforts, including the Hopi Music Repatriation Project.

Click here to view article.

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HMRP and HCPO meet with Zuni Cultural Resources Advisory Team to Return Historic Songs

IMG_5443Hopi Tribal Archivist, Stewart Koyiyumptewa, and HMRP Lead Researcher, Trevor Reed, met with the Zuni Cultural Resources Advisory Team (ZCRAT) on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, to begin the repatriation of a series of 70+ year-old A:shiwi (Zuni) traditional songs from the Laura Boulton World Music Collection.  The meeting was generously supported by the Zuni Culture Resource Enterprise, Hopi Cultural Preservation Office and Columbia University’s Center for Ethnomusicology, and allowed ZCRAT—comprised of A:shiwi elders—to hear the voices of prominent early-twentieth-century community leaders and traditional singers performing ceremonial and social songs recorded by A:shiwi men and women at Zuni Pueblo in October 1940.

ZCRAT members collaboratively identified the performers, content, and contextual details pertaining to approximately 25 A:shiwi recordings currently housed in Columbia’s Center for Ethnomusicology in preparation for their formal return next year.  The body of recordings currently being repatriated also includes two Hopi ceremonial songs containing Zuni linguistic content, which were previously repatriated to Hopi clans and villages but have now been offered to the A:shiwi elders at the request of Hopi leaders and representatives as a token of the ongoing alliance between the two communities. Of particular note were ZCRAT members’ recollections of individuals, places, and histories that resurfaced through listening to these recordings. Members of ZCRAT stated that several of the songs would be heard again at upcoming events and within local community programs and also expressed interest in meeting with Hopi composers to exchange information about A:shiwi language and poetics, as has been practiced over centuries between the two groups.

HMRP and HCPO thank ZCRAT members for their willingness to collaborate with us in the music repatriation project and look forward to working with them in the coming years as we begin process of returning these songs and their corresponding rights back to the A:shiwi people.

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Podcast: Returning Hopi Songs–A Hopi Perspective

IMG_5372We hope you enjoy this podcast with Hopi Cultural Preservation Office (HCPO) repatriation coordinator, Lee Wayne Lomayestewa. Along with his duties at HCPO, Lomayestewa is an active traditional leader at Shungopavi village, rancher, and father. Lomayestewa offers insights into the role of Hopi song in Hopi society, a Hopi perspective on the Federal repatriation process, and discusses what is at stake in the return of recorded Hopi voices from the past to contemporary Hopi life.

Click here to download: Podcast with Lee Wayne Lomayestewa (MP3)

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HMRP on Native America Calling

The Hopi Music Repatriation Project will be featured on Native America Calling (check local affiliates here) with Columbia University Music Department Chair, Aaron Fox, and HMRP lead researcher, Trevor Reed.  The program invites community listeners to join with experts in a discussion of critical issues for indigenous people.  The program will air on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 10 am Pacific / 1 pm Eastern Time and will be rebroadcast at 4 pm PT/ 7pm ET
Native America calling is heard on 52 stations throughout the United States and Canada, with approximately 500,000 listeners.
Link to the like webcast at www.nv1.org.
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What is Community-Partnered Repatration? Podcast with Aaron Fox, Columbia University

We wanted to share this podcast with ethnomusicologist and Columbia University Music Department Chair, Aaron Fox, in a timely way as we have very good news to report.  Fox along with Columbia University Earth Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow, Chie Sakakibara, have reached an important milestone in their effort to repatriate music from Columbia University’s Center for Ethnomusicology to the Iñupiaq community.  On June 16, Fox and the Iñupiat History, Language, and Culture Commission reached a preliminary agreement to return the rights to Laura Boulton’s 1946 series of Iñupiaq recordings to their community of origin. The details of this important announcement can be found here.

Congratulations to all involved!  We hope you enjoy this interview with Aaron Fox and invite your comments.

Follow this link to download (32 mins):HMRP Podcast #01: Aaron Fox for iPod (30MB Sound/Images)

For MP3 audio only, click this link: HMRP Podcast #01: Aaron Fox MP3 (15MB audio only)

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