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“Music and Healing in Colonial Latin America” – Kristin Dutcher Mann
October 4, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Across cultures and time, music’s healing properties and mental effects have been recognized by healers, lay persons, and researchers. In seventeenth and eighteenth-century Latin America, native healers, missionaries and priests incorporated different forms of music into their rituals for physical and spiritual healing. Increasing contact between native peoples, regular and secular clergy, settlers, and enslaved peoples from different regions and cultural backgrounds produced a wide variety of music used for healing across Spanish colonies in the Americas. This talk will investigate the ways in which song and dance were defined and used as part of the healing rituals, as well as controversies and cultural exchange related to these musical performances.