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American Colonies and Native Americans Musical Hobbies

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US History Age Level Elementary (9 to 12 years old)

During the colonial era in the United States, American Colonists and Native Americans, worked every single day if it is either with agriculture or as a merchant.   

Not only did people worked hard every day in their lives in America, they also had fun in many ways. Music is one of the many ways they enjoyed their past time. Colonists and Native Americans alike had their own ways in playing music.

Native Americans where the first people to inhabit the United States. They have done many things like constructing their tribes, going to war with other tribes, hunt, and help grow their agricultural lands. There are also ways they enjoyed their past times, for example music. In the artifacts of this collection show how Native Americans interacted with their environment, the type of instruments they used to play music, and how they played music.

Colonists, like Native Americans, also had to work. Some colonists were indentured servants working for many years to pay off their debt to someone.  Other colonists were farmers merchants, plantation owners, or blacksmiths. Each had to work hard for them and their family, but they enjoyed music in their free time. The artifacts in the collection shows the type of instruments they used, which are different form what the Native Americans use, and musical pieces they might have played at that time.

The Flute Player

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Taos Indian with Tom-Tom, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Engraving of Native American Rattles

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Cherokee Days 2015: Tommy Wildcat - Native American Flute 1

National Museum of the American Indian

Querci Single Manual Harpsichord

National Museum of American History

Tall Case Clock

National Museum of American History

The Proposal, [photomechanical print]

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Mary Hopkinson

Smithsonian American Art Museum

American colonial instrumental music [sound recording]

Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections