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date: 21 August 2019

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This chapter urges ethnomusicologists and other scholars to re-engage with practitioners of multigenerational artistic traditions in ethnolinguistic minorities. Many of these art forms are at risk because of globalized communication, urbanization, expansive religious traditions, and engulfing educational, legal, and religious systems. Avoiding functionalist essentializing, the chapter guides arts-in-culture scholars through an approach to research and catalyzing creativity anchored to event analysis and relationships, leaning toward integral enactments of traditional genres rather than liminal fusions. It assesses the health of artistic forms of communication in minority ethnolinguistic communities and describes two frameworks for evaluation of other genres as well as the global artistic ecosystem. Finally, the chapter presents practical tools that communities may use in their steps toward more lively artistic futures.

Keywords: sustainability, multigenerational, ethnolinguistic minorities, liminality, integrality, prototypes

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