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Christopher Scales

Title: Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department: Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH)
Phone: 517-884-6000
Email: scalesch(at)

Christopher Scales' research interests include traditional and contemporary Native American music, the North American popular music industry, and global indigenous political movements. His current research focuses on contemporary Northern powwow culture and musical creation both on the powwow grounds and in Aboriginal recording studios, specifically engaging the effects of technology and mass mediation on powwow performance aesthetics. Chris has also been active collaborating with indigenous musicians and has produced, recorded, or performed on several powwow and "Contemporary Native music" CD projects for Arbor Records and War Pony Records, independent record labels specializing in North American Aboriginal music. An active musician, he also performs southern Appalachian music on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and banjo, as well as Shona mbira music from Zimbabwe, playing mbira dzavadzimu.