Anthropology / Everything Human

The Deep Roots of Navajo Country Music

The Deep Roots of Navajo Country Music

An anthropologist explores how one Native American community embraces country music and makes it their own.

What is it about certain musical traditions that cause them to take root in communities far away from where they originated? Anthropologist Kristina Jacobsen leads SAPIENS hosts Jen Shannon and Chip Colwell on a musical journey into the U.S. Southwest to understand the phenomenon that is Navajo country music.

In addition to authoring the book The Sound of Navajo Country: Music, Language, and Diné Belonging, Jacobsen is a singer-songwriter. This episode includes one of her songs and a number of others she learned about during her time on the Navajo Nation.

HOW TO LISTEN //

 

Listen to more music by Dennis Yazzie and the Night Breeze Band here.

For more on Navajo country music, read Jacobsen’s article at SAPIENS: “Why Navajos Love Their Country Music.”

SAPIENS: A Podcast for Everything Human is part of the American Anthropological Association Podcast Library.

Culture / / /

Republish