Hmong Traditional Music
19th century: the years from 1800-1899.
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Do you want to find a qeeg player in your community? Start by contacting one of these Wisconsin Hmong Organizations. They’ll be able to put you in touch with a Hmong musician in your area.
The organization Hmong National Development (HND) provides statistics on Hmong population, economics, and employment in the United States, broken down per state. Go to HND’s Cultural Center for detailed essays on many topics in Hmong history, arts and media, and social life and customs.
Several videos on Wisconsin Hmong life, culture and social issues are available through NEWIST/CESA 7. Being Hmong Means Being Free explores Hmong culture, ritual and ceremonies. New Faces on Main Street looks at Southeast Asian and Latino immigrants in northeast Wisconsin. Both are 60 minutes long and come with teacher’s guides.
Other videos on Hmong culture, produced by SE Asian refugee high school youth, include: The First Day of School in America (50 min), After the War: A Family Album (40 min), A Wedding (40 min), Color Blind (40 min), and Down With Us (50 min).
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Check out the on-line book, The Hmong: An Introduction to their History and Culture, developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics.
Nyob zoo! Want to learn how to speak Hmong? Then go to the English/Hmong “Talking” Dictionary and start exploring. You can hear the pronunciation and see the spelled-out words at the same time. Sib ntsib dua!
The Hmong Cultural Center has great photos of Hmong youths playing the qeej and performing traditional dances. You can learn about nine different Hmong musical instruments too, and lots more. Visit the Hmong Hall of Fame to learn about Hmong achievers.
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Is there a Hmong organization in your part of Wisconsin? Check this list to find out. Ask them when the next public event is scheduled. Attend so you can learn about Hmong issues and maybe eat Hmong food and see qeeg performances.
There may be a Hmong radio show in your part of Wisconsin. Tune in and listen to Hmong language and music:
Text written by Rick March, edited by Jamie Yuenger and Anne Pryor.
Sources consulted include Joe Bee Xiong’s Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program application (September 1988), housed at the Wisconsin Arts Board.
Video footage from Wisconsin Folks, 1998, produced by Dave Erickson for Wisconsin Arts Board and Wisconsin Public Television.