Some musicologists might say that although the book explains history, contexts, cultural dynamics, and the sociology of the Kiowa powwow event it does not include anything about the music. However, the book focuses on what really matters to the Kiowa about their musicthe experience of powwow singing for individuals and the group. . . . This book is a valuable contribution to the understanding of music, and there is nothing quite like it.
2000 Yearbook for Traditional Music
He reveals singing as a powerful, orienting practice that pervades Kiowa life. . . . His collaborative methodology and narrative style ensure this book's value to the academy, while also making it accessible to a popular audience.
Religious Studies Review
His overall portrayal of day-to-day Kowa life, and the place of music in it, make his friends real to the reader, and their lives jump from the page in vivid detail.