North American Indigenous song, the sacred and the senses


  • Byron Dueck The Open University



music, song, hearing, North American Indigenous peoples, powwow, funerary ritual


How does music shape the experience of the sacred? This chapter looks at two genres of North American Indigenous singing – drum song performed at powwows and gospel singing associated with funerary wakes – and it explores music’s capacity for mediating sacred presences and processes.

Author Biography

Byron Dueck, The Open University

Byron Dueck is senior lecturer and head of music at the Open University, UK. He is the author of Musical Intimacies and Indigenous Imaginaries: Aboriginal Music and Dance in Public Performance (Oxford University Press, 2013), and co-editor, with Martin Clayton and Laura Leante, of Experience and Meaning in Musical Performance (Oxford University Press, 2013). 


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How to Cite

Dueck, B. (2018). North American Indigenous song, the sacred and the senses. Body and Religion, 2(2), 206–223.