Teton Sioux Music and Culture

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MISCELLANEOUS SONGS

CHILDREN'S SONGS

The little girls of the camp had their plays, which could scarcely be called games. In one of these childish plays the girls stood one behind another, each with her hands on the shoulders of the girl in front of her. Then they went around the village in a wavering line singing the following song, the words of which are not transcribed, but which mean "the deer follow each other."

No. 215. Song of Little Girls' Play (a) (Catalogue No. 680) Sung by YELLOW HAIR VOICE = 76 DRUM not recorded

Analysis.--This is an example of a song in which the first part is sung only once, seeming to serve as an introduction to the musical performance. Thus the song was sung as transcribed and the last section was repeated four times. After a pause the song was recorded again, the singer beginning with the repeated part and singing it several times without a break in the tempo. The rhythmic unit is short but clearly given. The interval of a fourth occurs six times, forming about one-fourth of the entire number of intervals.

Another play which afforded much merriment was described by Yellow Hair, who said that the little girls sat in a circle and each girl, putting one hand over the hand of the girl who sat next to her, lightly pinched the hand near the wrist. The tickling sensation could be endured only a few seconds before the little girls all fell over in a state of helpless laughter. Almost immediately the play was resumed, and the song sung again, to be interrupted before it was half

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