20. “The Wind Blew them Away”: Folksinging the West, 1880–1930

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. David Fenimore

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch20

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

How to Cite

Fenimore, D. (2011) “The Wind Blew them Away”: Folksinging the West, 1880–1930, in A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (ed N. S. Witschi), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch20

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Nevada, Reno, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187336

Online ISBN: 9781444396591

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Keywords:

  • “The Wind Blew Them Away” - folksinging the West, 1880–1930;
  • romantic definition of folk music - pure product of a preliterate community;
  • folk music revival, 1950s and 1960s - distinction, “folk singers,” those who sang vernacular music of their community;
  • Native American music, and Pan-Indian ethnography - Native American music, and whether it can be called “folk” music;
  • Cherokee, ethnomusicologist Marcia Herndon - arguing, that Native American music, being “neither primitive nor folk music”;
  • new attention, to ways of Indian musics - influenced by European culture;
  • African American singing cowboys - westward wandering minstrels;
  • travels of minstrel bands, documented - in Ragged But Right, Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff;
  • Anglo-Celtic tradition, text and triumphalism - songs, coming with Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and English working classes;
  • songs of the Gold Rush, epitome of mock-orality - composed and performed, not being really “folk music”

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Native American Music: Pan - Indian Ethnography and Performance Traditions

  • La Música de la Gente Chicana: Corridos y Canciónes en la Frontera

  • African American Singing Cowboys: Westward Wandering Minstrels

  • The Anglo - Celtic Tradition: Text and Triumphalism

  • Songs of the Gold Rush – The Epitome of Mock - Orality

  • Bertsolaritza : The Branches of an Ancient Tree

  • References and Further Reading