UC Riverside researchers conducted interviews with elders from the Chemehuevi/Southern Paiute, Cahuilla, Serrano, Kumeyaay, Luiseño and Fort Sill Apache tribes. Preservation of these songs is important to tribal elders, many of whom are encouraging younger members to learn the songs. There also is a rich tradition of new songs that reflect the challenges of contemporary life.

The resulting 40-minute DVD—titled “Keeping the Songs Alive”—has been presented at several schools and gatherings of Native Americans, and is available to the public. More than 40 hours of videotaped interviews and songs are archived at UCR’s California Center for Native Nations and Special Collections and Archives of the UCR Libraries.

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