What are the differences between traditional and new music among the Navajos?

  1. Why is it misleading to consider the vocables in a Yeibichai song meaningless?
  2. How is the song “Shizhané’é” meant to be humorous? Why is the understatement of the lyrics more effective than a fuller text would be?
  3. What are the differences between traditional and new music among the Navajos? What purposes does the new music serve?
  4. Compare the Fenders’ recording of “Folsom Prison Blues” with that of Johnny Cash. What are the similarities and differences? How have the Fenders made the song their own?Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
  5. How does the music of the Native American Church differ from traditional Navajo music? What might account for that difference?

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