Papago Music

Papago Music

Papago Music

Papago Music

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The songs of a desert people are here presented, and will be found to contain interesting contrasts to the songs of the woodland, prairie, and high plateau tribes previously considered. The Papago are a gentle, agricultural tribe living in Sonora, Mexico, and southern Arizona. Their songs were recorded at San Xavier, Sells, and Vomari, on the Papago Reservation in Arizona, during the spring of 1920 and the following winter.

The writer desires to acknowledge the assistance of her principal interpreters, Harry Encinas of San Xavier, who was formerly a student at the United States Indian School, Carlisle, Pa., and Hugh Norris, of Sells, the official interpreter of the Indian agency. Without the interest and cooperation of these interpreters it would have been impossible to win the confidence of the Papago and make so intimate a study of their music.

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