Community Singing Gives Voice to Hymns Celebrating Indigenous Resilience

Published February 2, 2018

Historic event will bring together members of Brothertown Indian Nation and local Native communities, New Haven shape note singers, and students of Yale University.

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT – Historic event will bring together members of Brothertown Indian Nation and local Nativecommunities, New Haven shape note singers, and students of Yale University. The Brothertown Indian Nation, the New Haven shape note singing community, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and the Yale Indian Papers Project will host a “Singing and Sharing of Thomas Commuck’s Indian Melodies” on Saturday, February 3​. The event will take place 10:00am-3:30pm in Connecticut Hall​, Yale University (344 College St, New Haven, Connecticut).

The event is free and open to the public; to RSVP or for more information, please contact indianmelodiesatyale@gmail.com.

Published in 1845, Commuck’s shape-note tunebook is thought by some to be the earliest printed musical publication by a Native composer in North America. Singing from Indian Melodies will be an opportunity to appreciate not only Commuck’s tunes, but the historical and present-day significance of Commuck’s work for the Brothertown Indian Nation and many more.

Songs from Indian Melodies will be interwoven with reflections on the history of the Brothertown Indian Nation and the social, musical, and historical context of Commuck’s music. The singing will be recorded and the day’s events documented.

Copies of the recordings and documents will be made available at the Brothertown Indian Nation archives in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and the Yale Indian Papers Project.

Please visit our facebook event for specific and up to date information about the day.
https://www.facebook.com/events/548621328807072/

An original copy of the Indian Melodies tunebook can be viewed on the mezzanine of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library beginning Friday, February 2 through Monday, February 5.

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