The Blood song winter count: a cycle of musical compositions interpreted through the perspective of Blackfoot ritual and Indigenous storywork

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Day Rider, Sonny-Ray
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Fine Arts
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Music
The Blood Song Winter Count, is a collection of five (5) musical works that collectively function as sonic symbols which document my personal experience of grief and loss. These works function as ritualized emotional “time capsules” of my lived experience and are interpreted through my Indigenous knowledge inheritance of Blackfoot storywork and ritual. Although this supporting paper is meant to contextualize their creation, this document also serves a relational seed to root myself in an audiences’ soil. To fully decipher the sonic symbols that make up The Blood Song Winter Count, you must fully understand their ancestral lineage, which ultimately originates with the land and with an emotional-spiritual ecosystem within me.
music , classical music , chamber music , Indigenous music , Indigenous song , Indigenous classical music , Indigenous contemporary music , Indigenous contemporary art , Indigenous art , Indigenous research , Indigenous research methodology , storyworking , relationality , ritual , Indigenous ritual , Indigenous poetry , music composition , contemporary classical music , Blackfoot , Kainai Tribe , Kainai Nation , Blackfoot Confederacy , grief , Two Spirit literature , Indigenous literature , Queer literature , winter count , wintercount , symbology