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Making Music in the Polish Tatras: Tourists, Ethnographers, and Mountain Musicians

Indiana University Press
4/14/2005

Making Music in the Polish Tatras: Tourists, Ethnographers, and Mountain Musicians Overview

Challenging myths that mountain isolation and ancient folk customs defined the music culture of the Polish Tatras, Timothy J. Cooley shows that intensive contact with tourists and their more academic kin, ethnographers, since the late 19th century helped shape both the ethnic group known as Górale (highlanders) and the music that they perform. Making Music in the Polish Tatras reveals how the historically related practices of tourism and ethnography actually created the very objects of tourist and ethnographic interest in what has become the popular resort region of Zakopane. This lively book introduces readers to Górale musicians, their present-day lives and music making, and how they navigate a regional mountain-defined identity while participating in global music culture. Vivid descriptions of musical performances at weddings, funerals, and festivals and the collaboration of Górale fiddlers with the Jamaican reggae group Twinkle Brothers are framed by discussions of currently influential theories relating to identity and ethnicity and to anthropological and sociological studies of ritual, tourism, festivals, globalism, and globalization. The book includes a 46-track CD illustrating the rich variety of Górale music, including examples of its fusion with Jamaican reggae.


Making Music in the Polish Tatras: Tourists, Ethnographers, and Mountain Musicians Table Of Content

<FMO>Contents<\>
Preface and
Acknowledgments
Note on Citations of Fieldwork
Media

Introduction
1. Podhale
2. Making
History
3. Making Mountain Music: A History of Ethnography in
Podhale
4. Village on Stage
5. Global Village
6. Village
for Hire
7. Back to the Village
Epilogue: Village
Exhumed

Glossary
Notes
References
Cited
List of Illustrations
List of Audio
Examples
Index


Making Music in the Polish Tatras: Tourists, Ethnographers, and Mountain Musicians Editorial Reviews

Journal of Folklore Research

"... a valuable resource. It stands out as a valuable contribution to the field that will be of general interest to scholars working in Eastern Europe or dealing with concepts of hybridity and purity in a national framework." —Arle Lommel, Indiana University, Journal of Folklore Research, March 23, 2009

— Arle Lommel, Indiana University


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