Making Music in the Polish Tatras
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Making Music in the Polish Tatras

Tourists, Ethnographers, and Mountain Musicians
Timothy J. Cooley
Distribution: World
Publication date: 3/22/2005
ISBN: 978-0-253-00254-9
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2006 Orbis Book Award winner
Challenging myths that mountain isolation and ancient folk customs defined the music culture of the Polish Tatras, Timothy J. Cooley shows that intensive contact with tourists and their more academic kin, ethnographers, since the late 19th century helped shape both the ethnic group known as Górale (highlanders) and the music that they perform. Making Music in the Polish Tatras reveals how the historically related practices of tourism and ethnography actually created the very objects of tourist and ethnographic interest in what has become the popular resort region of Zakopane. This lively book introduces readers to Górale musicians, their present-day lives and music making, and how they navigate a regional mountain-defined identity while participating in global music culture. Vivid descriptions of musical performances at weddings, funerals, and festivals and the collaboration of Górale fiddlers with the Jamaican reggae group Twinkle Brothers are framed by discussions of currently influential theories relating to identity and ethnicity and to anthropological and sociological studies of ritual, tourism, festivals, globalism, and globalization. The book includes a 46-track CD illustrating the rich variety of Górale music, including examples of its fusion with Jamaican reggae.

Author Bio

Timothy J. Cooley is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and co-editor (with Gregory F. Barz) of Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology.


". . . a valuable resource. It stands out as a valuable contribution to the field that will be of general interest to scholars working in Eastern Europe or dealing with concepts of hybridity and purity in a national framework." —Arle Lommel, Indiana University, Journal of Folklore Research , March 23, 2009

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Note on Citations of Fieldwork Media

1. Podhale
2. Making History
3. Making Mountain Music: A History of Ethnography in Podhale
4. Village on Stage
5. Global Village
6. Village for Hire
7. Back to the Village
Epilogue: Village Exhumed

References Cited
List of Illustrations
List of Audio Examples