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Singing the VillageMusic, Memory and Ritual among the Sibe of Xinjiang$
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Rachel Harris

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262979

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262979.001.0001

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(p.194) Postscript
Singing the Village

S. J. Harrison

British Academy

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the musical history of the Sibe people in Xinjiang, China. It provides evidence to show that in spite of their reputation as a people who have kept themselves aloof and kept their ancient traditions alive, Sibe culture in general and music culture in particular is distinguished by a high degree of syncretism and rapid change. The chapter also argues that though the contexts of music and the media through which it is disseminated are changing rapidly and radically, certain underlying themes in the discussion of music remain constant as modernity takes root in the region.

Keywords:   musical history, Sibe people, Xinjiang, China, Sibe culture, music culture, syncretism, modernity

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