Filming a Native Ceremonial with Permission

Brenda M. Romero (University of Colorado, Boulder, emerita)

Finding suitable classroom materials to teach indigenous musics of the United States has been problematic, due in part to the “Code of Ethics Related to Native Americans” that conforms to the principles of relevant public law ( The code rightly prevents the use of sacred indigenous materials without official permission. This presenter set out to bridge the classroom gap by seeking permission to record, for educational purposes, an important ceremonial tradition in the area near to the Southwestern Four Corners Region. The presentation will begin with a 10-minute introduction and proceed to the full hour showing followed by general discussion.

Part of 07-13 Native American Expressive Cultures, Saturday, October 15, 8:30 am–10:00 am