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date: 24 June 2019

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This article examines the musical activities of Miskitu children in Corn Island, some 52 miles off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. The study focuses on Miskitu children's singing games, most of which are performed in Spanish. It is argued that children’s creative adaptation of Spanish singing games and multilingual play discourses is not necessarily a threat to indigenous identity and expressive practice. The children’s expressive practices on Corn Island reveal the expansion, rather than contraction, of expressive resources, and the development of intercultural identities.

Keywords: musical culture, musical activities, Corn Island, culture, influence, singing, games

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