Renata Yazzie is a Diné musicologist, pianist, and writer from Albuquerque, N.M. whose research focuses on the intersections of Diné song and music with religion, theory, pedagogy, popular culture and neurochemistry. She is also the founder of the American Indian Musicians’ Scholarship which aims to provide all-encompassing assistance to Native students pursuing higher education in music.
Songs are historical documents, narrating the histories of our origins, geographies, relationships and more. Songs and language are so intimately tied and their survivance depends on each other. “Kiowa people sing Kiowa more than they speak Kiowa,” said Maxwell Yamane, a Japanese-American Ph.D candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland. The sentiment is also […]