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Shaman

The use of music in traditional Klamath Indian culture, including shaman rituals, will be examined in a program offered Thursday at the Klamath County Museum.

A free program on traditional Klamath and Modoc Native American songs will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Klamath County Museum, according to a news release.

Museum Curator Niles Reynolds will examine samples of Native American music obtained by anthropologists at various points in time.

He will discuss changes and continuities in the music over time and how such comparisons correlate to sociocultural conditions and historic events. Attention will be given to specific musical features, such as the Ghost Dance, that connect to a broader narrative and context in the United States during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Among other historical points of interest will be the Modoc War, tribal termination and restoration, and the relationships between neighboring tribes in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

Specific historical sources of Klamath/Modoc music to be discussed in the program include recordings dating as early as 1907.