Stealing the Turtle’s Voice: A Dual History of Western and Algonquian-Iroquoian Soundways from Creation to Re-creation (2018)
By Michaela Ann Cameron
Abstract: Stealing the Turtle’s Voice brings the oppressed geography or “cosmography” of Turtle Island (Native North America) to the surface of the mainstream along with the sacred history of this forgotten place, submerged beneath European maps and histories for centuries.
To this end, Stealing the Turtle’s Voice traces the development of the western harmonic tradition and the subsequent mythical “narrative of conquest” that has dominated “the master record” of history; a narrative in which the sounds of Christian European modernity completely drowned out and destroyed the so-called primitive “howling wilderness” of Native North America and in which the “vanishing Indian” was also a silenced Indian. The thesis then listens below this “white noise” and turns up the volume on the Algonquian-Iroquoian rhythmic tradition in order to “remaster the record.” The result is a story, not merely of conquest and destruction but of Turtle Island’s sustained sonic sovereignty and re-creation via sound-based neurodecolonisation.
The thesis draws on musicology, psychoacoustics, anthropology, linguistics, and archaeoacoustics to generate a narrative that simultaneously spans, in a material sense, from pre-contact to the present-day Powwow and, in a spiritual sense, from creation to re-creation.
- Philip J. Deloria, Harvard University
- N. Bruce Duthu, Dartmouth College
- Mark M. Smith, University of South Carolina
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Title: Stealing the Turtle’s Voice: A Dual History of Western and Algonquian-Iroquoian Soundways from Creation to Re-creation
Author: Cameron, Michaela Ann
Keywords: sensory history | aural history | audition | sound | soundscape | acoustemology | Ethnohistory | Jesuits | Native American | American History | Colonial History | Seventeenth-Century New France | Early America | Turtle Island |
Submission Date: 14 February 2018
Examination Pass Date: 11 May 2018
Document Issue Date: 16 May 2018
Publisher: Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney
Access Level: Open access
Rights and Permissions: The author retains copyright of this thesis. It may only be used for the purposes of research and study. It must not be used for any other purposes and may not be transmitted or shared with others without prior permission.
Type of Work: PhD Doctorate
Type of Publication: Doctor of Philosophy, PhD