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The Power of Song: Music and Dance in the Mission Communities of Northern New Spain, 1590–1810

Kristin Mann


This book explores the music and dance of Franciscan and Jesuit mission communities throughout the entire northern frontier of New Spain. Its purpose is to examine the roles music played: in teaching, evangelization, celebration, and the formation of group identities. This book looks comprehensively at the music of this region and time period, and utilizes music as a way to study the cultural interactions between Indians and missionaries.

Keywords: Franciscan, Jesuit, mission communities, New Spain, music, teaching, evangelization, celebration, group identities, Indians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804770866
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804770866.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristin Mann, author