Chippewa Music

Chippewa Music

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Chippewa Music

Chippewa Music

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Chippewa music in its relation to tribal life constitutes one of the subjects dealt with in the present volume, as well as in the writer′s first contribution to this study. Not less important is the melodic and rhythmic analysis of the songs, which was begun in the first work and is developed more extensively in the following pages. The native religion of the Chippewa also was considered in Bulletin 45. War forms the keynote of the present memoir, together with the Drum-presentation Ceremony, which is said to have united the Chippewa and the Sioux in permanent peace. In both volumes there are songs of tribal games and dances, and songs "composed in dreams," many of which are the individual songs of forgotten warriors.

The analysis of the Chippewa words and part of the translation are the work of Rev. C. H. Beaulieu, a member of the tribe, and of Rev. J. A. Gilfillan, who for twenty-five years lived on the White Earth Reservation, in Minnesota. Grateful acknowledgment is made also to Mrs. Mary Warreh English, of White Earth, and to other native interpreters, whose interest and cooperation have contributed materially to the success of the work.

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