LAURA BOULTON #100travelHERS
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Birth: January 4, 1899; Conneaut, Ohio
Death: October 16, 1980; Scottsdale, Arizona
Occupation: Ethnomusicologist, filmmaker
Notable journeys: In 1929, recorded folk songs in communities across Egypt, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanganyika. Later expeditions expanded to Mozambique, Myasaland, Rhodesia, Transvaal, Cape Province, Sierra leone, Liberia, Angola, Nigeria, Senegal, Niger, Dahomey, the French Equatorial Africa, British Cameroon, Belgian Congo, Ethiopia, and Ghana. In 1941, commissioned to produce a film about Canada’s First Nations, called “The Peoples of Canada.” Later collected music from American Indian tribes across the American Southwest, American Northwest Coast, and Mexico.
Notable work: The Music Hunter; large collection of recordings, some of which are available for preview and purchase through the Smithsonian; several films about Canadian folk communities and traditions.
Quote: “It was Africa that provided for me the first exciting proof of what I had always believed to be true: that music the most spontaneous and demonstrative form of expression [of the human race].”