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Swan to speak at annual Instruments of Culture lecture

Daniel Swan, Curator of Ethnology at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma, will examine the musical instruments of the Native American Church during this year's annual Instruments of Culture lecture at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. Swan will speak on "Instruments of Prayer: Musical Instruments in the Expressive Culture of the Native American Church" on Friday, February 27; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Swan will focus on primary instruments of the Native American Church--the water drum, drumstick, gourd rattle, and whistle. He notes these objects support both musical (sacred) and artistic (secular) expressions of the spiritual content of Peyotism, and that these musical instruments reflect the diverse influences that impacted the Peyote Religion as it coalesced on the Southern Plains of Oklahoma Territory in the 1870s. The musical instruments used in Peyotism, says Swan, provide an important opportunity to consider the role of material culture and music in the construction of religious identities in contemporary Native American communities.

The lecture is free and open to the public.The Mathers Museum of World Cultures is located at 416 North Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana. The Mathers Museum exhibition hall and Museum Store are open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

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