Episode 13 – Borrowing the Native American Sharing Circle

Episode 13 of From A To Global Z features the Native American Sharing Circle – a communication concept that has been practiced by North American Indigenous people for many years. It promotes honesty, social learning, civility, a willingness to hear a different point of view, builds a sense of community, and is an exercise in respect. While originally designed for face-to-face settings, we apply it toward our online collaboration, community-building learning environment. For ‘Mic Talk Time,’ we give a listen to a pair of Cascade M39 small condenser mics set up using a popular XY stereo technique.

Student Musician Focus Group with UNM is a Wrap

With the assistance of the University of New Mexico’s Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences program, we successfully conducted and completed an Indigenous student-musician focus group that collected data relevant to the design, experience, and content we have developed in support of our up-coming Phase II North American Indigenous Music Project, which is scheduled to launch fall 2020.

Many thanks to the student participants, their parents, the Native American Community Academy and Mr. Chuck Charleston, UNM OILS (Dr. Damien Sanchez), UNM doctoral student Ms. Monica Dorame, our awesome sponsor Sweetwater, and all of our supporting volunteers that made the focus group a huge success!

Please watch our website for information about our Phase II Project.