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Music 418: Indigenous Musics of North America

This guide was designed to support MUS 418: Indigenous Musics of North America. It also serves as a starting point for research on Indigenous musics.

Getting Started

This guide is designed to help you find library resources related to Indigenous musics of North America. Use the tabs to the left to learn more about finding specific types of materials. 

Questions? Don't hesitate to contact us over at the Music & Performing Arts Library! We have reference staff available for drop-in help getting started Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and Sunday-Thursday from 7-9pm, or you can send us an email at mpal@library.illinois.edu to schedule a one-on-one research consultation with a librarian.

Finding Background Information

Reference tools, like bibliographies, dictionaries, and encyclopedias, are great starting places when you're trying to find basic information or brainstorming ideas. They can also help you identify other useful sources by looking at the bibliographies. Below are a few examples. 


Native American - Music


Native American - General


World Music - General