Last year, students and faculty familiar with the Music Department probably noticed somebody was missing. Assistant Professor of Music, Joshua Tucker, spent last year on sabbatical in the south Andes of Peru studying the indigenous culture and music of the Quechua speaking people.
He explored how music defines indigenous identity and how that definition is changing. Recently, the indigenous style of music, Chimaycha, has become popular in Peru where indigenous culture is thought to be lacking.
(Distributed November 11, 2014)