Indian Games and Dances with Native Songs

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One day Alice C. Fletcher realized that "unlike my Indian friends, I was an alien, a stranger in my native land." But while living with the Indians and pursuing her ethnological studies she felt that "the plants, the trees, the clouds and all things had become vocal with human hopes, fears, and supplications." This famous statement comes directly from the preface of this book and was later etched on her tombstone. "I have arranged these dances and games with native songs in order that our young people may ...
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One day Alice C. Fletcher realized that "unlike my Indian friends, I was an alien, a stranger in my native land." But while living with the Indians and pursuing her ethnological studies she felt that "the plants, the trees, the clouds and all things had become vocal with human hopes, fears, and supplications." This famous statement comes directly from the preface of this book and was later etched on her tombstone. "I have arranged these dances and games with native songs in order that our young people may recognize, enjoy and share in the spirit of the olden life upon this continent," she wrote.

Indian Games and Dances with Native Songs is a collection that conveys the pleasure and meaning of music and play and rhythmic movement for American Indians. Many of the activities here described are adapted from ceremonials and sports. Included is a "drama in five dances" celebrating the life of corn. "Calling the Flowers" is an appeal to spirits dwelling underground to join the dancers. Still another dramatic dance, with accompanying songs, petitions clouds to leave the sky. The Festival of Joy, an ancient Omaha ceremony, is centered on a sacred tree. In the second part Indian ball games and games of hazard and guessing are set forth, as well as the popular hoop and javelin game. Fletcher closes with a section on Indian names.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780404072292
  • Publisher: AMS Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/1970
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 139

Table of Contents

Preface V
Introduction 1
Song and Dance Among the Indians 4
Part I Dances and Songs
The Life of the Corn (a Drama in Five Dances 9
Introduction 9
Dance I. The Corn Speaks 11
Dance II. Planting the Corn 15
Dance III. The Corn Springs Up 23
Dance IV. The Fields are Ready 30
Dance V. Honor to Mother Corn 35
Calling the Flowers 40
Appeal for Clear Sky 48
The He-de Wa-chi (An Omaha Festival of Joy) 54
Part II Games
Introduction 63
Hazard Games
Introductory Note 67
Pa-tol Stick 68
Plum Stone 71
Guessing Games
Introductory Note 73
Pu-in 74
Ata-a-kut 76
Hand Game 80
Hiding the Disks 84
I-ou'-tin 88
Ball Games
Introduction 98
Ball and Racket 98
Ta-be 102
Double-ball 105
Hoop and Javelin 108
Follow My Leader 114
Part III Indian Names
Introduction 117
Presenting the Child to the Cosmos 120
Giving the Child a Name 123
Bestowing a New Name 126
Taking an Indian Name in Camp 132
Indian Names for Boys 135
Indian Names for Girls 137
Indian Names for Camps 139
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