Teton Sioux Music and Culture

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OLD SONGS

1. CEREMONIAL SONGS

This group comprises such songs of the Alo′waŋpi, Spirit-keeping, and Sun-dance ceremonies as are sung only by persons specially qualified to sing them. The song of the Spirit-keeping ceremony (No. 1) is given in connection with the account of the Gift of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe, and its ceremonial use Is described on page 82. The Huŋka songs are Nos. 2 and 3, and the Sun-dance songs Nos. 4, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 36; the latter group being sung only by the Intercessor, and forming part of the instructions which he received in qualifying himself for that office.


MELODIC ANALYSIS

TONALITY
Number
of Songs
Serial Nos. of songs
Major tonality 4 11, 14, 15, 36
Minor tonality 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21
Total 15

FIRST NOTE OF SONG--ITS RELATION TO KEYNOTE
Beginning on the--
Twelfth 2 13, 17
Eleventh 1 19
Tenth 1 20
Octave 3 2, 3, 15
Fifth 6 1, 12, 14, 16, 21, 36
Third 1 11
Tonic 1 4
Total 15

LAST NOTE OF SONG--ITS RELATION TO KEYNOTE
Ending on the--
Fifth 3 1, 14, 20
Third 6 4, 11, 12, 19, 21, 36
Tonic 6 2, 3, 13, 15, 16, 17
Total 15
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This group comprises songs a majority of which are believed to be 60 to 150 years old.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations - Black and White Plates ix
  • List of Songs xiii
  • Names of Singers xxvi
  • Phonetic Key xxviii
  • Teton Sioux Music 1
  • Introduction 1
  • Analysis of Sioux and Chippewa Songs 40
  • Ceremonies 63
  • Old Songs 152
  • Dreams and Their Obligations 157
  • Societies (okoălakiā06iye) 284
  • Comparatively Modern Songs 428
  • The Buffalo Hunt (wanásapi) 436
  • Council and Chief Songs 448
  • Songs Connected with Dances and Games 468
  • Miscellaneous Songs 492
  • Rhythimc Units 528
  • Bibliography 551
  • I N D E X 555
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