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The Music of Native American People

imageFrom his academic background in American Indian Studies, combined with his lifelong study of music and his particular interest in the music of Montana Indians, Scott has developed a specialty area in contemporary musical expression of American Indian people.

His latest project is the Montana Indian Musician Profile Series, videos about the music and stories of the contemporary musicians of Montana's Indian nations, which has its own website at! There you can see all five videos produced for the series by Scott, and read about the amazing people that are profiled there.

This project was initiated to enable a broader public awareness of the diverse musical contributions of Montana's American Indians to the culture of our state and region, and to introduce the public to these individuals as role models of citizenship, creativity and entrepreneurship in the arts.

Scott is also still giving his talk Even More Than Drums And Flutes through the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau. See our Programs page for more information!

In 2016, Scott was thrilled to be part of a high-level slate of contributors to the book Indigenous Pop, published by University of Arizona Press.


How did the project get started?

The genesis of this MusEco project was an invitation to make a presentation about the topic in June 2006. Scott was deeply honored to be asked to give this presentation at the Indian Education For All Institute put on by Little Big Horn College, coordinated by Everall Fox, Academic Dean of the College at that time. Scott delivered Indian Music: More Than Drums and Flutes, a presentation about the variety of musical genres explored by American Indian musicians, past and present.

Soon after, Scott was asked to develop a supplemental curriculum booklet and CD on the topic for the Montana Office of Public Instruction

Since that time, Scott has been asked to give this class/presentation/seminar frequently, including at the September 2008 & 2009 American Indian Heritage Day celebration at MSU-Billings; plus teacher trainings for Billings School District 2 and the Montana Band Masters Association

The presentation can be as short as 25 minutes or can be given in a workshop format in an hour to a three hour time frame. Scott can customize the presentation to the needs of your event, school or organization. If organizations book the presentation through the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau, much of the speaker fee will be covered by the funding available through the Speakers Bureau.

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MusEco thanks it's partners and supporters!!

Partners include KTVQ Television (Billings), Montana PBS (Bozeman), and the Office of Public Instruction (OPI - Indian Ed) (Helena). Underwriters of Green Smarts with the Green Man have included Montana State University-Billings, Sylvan Peak Mountain Shoppe and Montana Harvest Natural Foods. Special thanks also go to the many individuals who donate annually, volunteers who give of their time, and funders like the Greater Montana Foundation who see the value in our work. Thank you!


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