"Shifting" Identities or "Hidden" Messages? A Musical Ethnohistory of Northwestern Greece (An Introductory Note)

Athina Katsanevaki
This research explores the musical culture of an unknown area of Northwestern Greece (Western Macedonia and Epirus) and its neighboring areas in the State of North Macedonia and Northern Epirus in Southern Albania. It reveals that areas considered alien and linguistically distinguished from each other, belong to the same musical culture despite the difference of language. Thus the conventional division of the area of Western Macedonia in Greece into three zones, the Greek-speaking part (the
more » ... aking part (the largest one), the Vlach-speaking part (on the Pindus Mountains), and the Slav-speaking, on the Northern part of the area, is seriously disputed. Emic comments of the locals about their language and identity, justify these findings and are confirmed by historical research in the Byzantine past of the area.
doi:10.26262/smb.v1i2.8071 fatcat:xwmtrfc66jh4flny3c4lo2gzli