Robert O. Beahrs
Ethnomusicologist, sound artist, flimmaker, and Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh
Nomadic perspectives on multivocality in the Altai Mountains
Thursday, January 19th, 3:30pm, 4217 WWPH
Over the past forty years, nomadic vocal practices from Inner Asia known as “throat-singing” or “overtone singing” have been commonly misunderstood. Drawing on twelve years of fieldwork in Tuva and Altai, this presentation explores how localized cosmologies and indigenous philosophies of voice and music suggest new ways of conceiving of xöömei beyond ethnic identity and vocal technique. This project joins a number of recent anthropological studies of Central Eurasia that reexamine how indigenous peoples were inscribed into the ethnographic archive and offers new ways of conceiving of the poetics and politics of life in less human-centered ecologies.
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