Powwow Music: Definition, Songs & History


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What is a powwow?

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1. The music heard at powwows varies based on the specific tribal groups who organize and attend, but it is generally based on the music of which broad cultural group?

2. What is the main instrument used in powwow music?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out what you know about the history of powwow music with these study tools. You'll need to know things like what a powwow is and the group most commonly associated with this music.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These study assessments will help you to:

  • Determine the main musical instrument in powwow music
  • Assess the characteristics of this type of music
  • Name a typical powwow dance

Skills Practiced

Practice the following:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the group this music is associated with from the related lesson on the history of powwow music
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the characteristics of this type of music and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the main instrument of powwow music

Additional Learning

Review the lesson called Powwow Music: Definition, Songs & History for more information on this subject. You'll cover the following study objectives:

  • Assess the history of powwow music
  • Determine where it originated
  • Explain monophonic texture
  • Define vocables
  • Understand descending contour and pentatonic scale