This video is made for music educators seeking to expand their cultural competency and acquire cultural music within their own communities.
This is a Northern Paiute numbers song using the dialect I learned as a little girl. This melody is from a circle dance song of the Great Basin. There are many circle dance songs and this one I created to be used in the classroom. You have my permission to teach and use the song with mention of myself, the composer. It is proper protocol to tell people where you got the songs you sing.
Interview with Michelle McCauley by Powwows.com at the Staford University Mother’s Day Powwow 2018
Michelle McCauley singing a circle dance hand drum song about Veterans composed by Popeye McCloud, in a hand drum contest at the Carson City Nevada Day Powwow in Carson City, NV
Native American performance highlighting the Pow wow dance styles, various other tribal music samplings, hoop dance, and interviews with all dancers in the performance including a spoken word performance.
Opening dance of Supaman's performance in Gardnerville, NV, featuring Michelle McCauley and a discussion of pow wow dance styles.
This video is for culturally responsive educators just like you. It is a reminder that you are committed to equitable and respectful pedagogy. Remember that there is always something more to learn about the backgrounds of your students. The learning will never stop.
If you can attend Native American events, please do. Experiencing culture within its context is more valuable than reading from afar.
A panel discussion, facilitated by Brandi Pace, Executive Director of Decolonizing the Music Room (DTMR), on the current discourse of music educators as seen through the lens of the Black Lives Matter movement and the lived-experience of the panelists: Lorelei Batislaong (Deputy Director, DTMR), Chris Mena, Syreeta Neal, Alice Tsui, and John Grimsley.
A conversation between DMTR Deputy Director Lorelei Batisalong and contributor Alice Tsui, two music educators whose identities intersect with Asian American identity, and how they see themselves reflected in the term BBIP. Listening to feedback from others in our community, it has become clear that a calling in is needed and is taking place.
The term "decolonization" is making its way into wider usage in music education, often without a connection to real life experiences or an understanding of the ideas it encompasses. Brandi Waller-Pace is joined by Kristi McEwen, Nate Holder, Michelle McCauley, Diljeet Kaur Bhachu, and Jon Silpayamanant to discuss concepts of decolonization from different positionalities, the handling of terminology among music educators and culture bearers, and implications for our work moving forward.