Where does music come from? When, why, and how did people first start making music? How do music creators turn raw inspiration into finished pieces? How do improvisers create music on the spot? Can anyone create music, or is that something only for composers? Martha Redbone discusses these questions and more, framing them in the context of Native American music. These questions in turn reveal how indigenous music has evolved from the past to the present day. Participants will learn and be given an exercise to add creative songwriting to improvised Native American 49er-song styled music.