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in light of the "multispecies ethnomusicology" paper my Disrupting Sex, Disrupting Nature students are reading today re paying attention "to the music, song, and voices of Other-than-humans." cnn.com/2019/12/02/wor…
the paper the students are reading documents Muskogee Creek communication with plants, animals, and landscapes that also "speak and sing." another instance of science gaining partial understandings--slices of worldviews that Indigenous peoples have been genocided for.
"assuming that beings can vocalize only through laryngeal phonation is ethnocentric and human-centric."
i love how this paper pays attention to beings' physiology and analyzes breathing and voice in particular ways given the different bodies of plants v humans. plus how "humans 'hear' human gender in human voice through relative larynx sizes and a series of culturally-learned cues"
an 18th c. Muskogee trad knowledge holder told the Royal Society in London that the cause of disease "resulted from an imbalance of small plants and animals in the body...what else might [he] have called bacteria and viruses but small plants and animals?"
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