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Omaha Indian Music-Contest Songs
  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Label: CD Baby
  • UPC: 882012001363
  • Item #: CDBY200136
  • Genre: International
  • Release Date: 5/9/2006
  • This product is a special order
  • Rank: 1000000000
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Omaha Indian Music-Contest Songs on CD

There is a lot to learn from their art, poetry, music and dance. The telling of stories lies at the very heart of each of their art forms and is the essence of their culture. It is their way of preserving tribal culture - elders endlessly repeat stories in various forms in order to bulwark the Omaha Indian culture against the erosive and diluting effects of Time. American Indian music is richly diverse, and integral to Omaha Indian life. It is used for a vast range of purposes, but primarily to preserve and perpetuate their culture and give expression to their own, unique sense of identity. In the Omaha Indians Music series from A2ZCDS you will encounter the historic music recordings made during the Omaha harvest celebration powwow of 1983 and the Hethu'shka Society concert of 1985 - representative of the antique recordings made by Francis La Flesche, the son of an Omaha chief and the 19th century historian, Alice Fletcher. For the 1983 Omaha Indians powwow in Macy, Nebraska, a decision was made to focus solely on traditional Omaha music and to include only those songs that were sung by time-honored representatives of the Omaha drums - the Host Drum and the Tai Piah Singers. This was essential, it was found, so as to preserve the traditional sanctity of the event. The spirit of the occasion was not to be diluted with 'secular' items and participants. Very few Omaha Indian events are complete without speeches, songs and dance, and this powwow was no different. Contest songs varied in tempo from the sedate to the fast-paced. As you experience the 18 contest songs included in this collection, you will encounter songs that accompanied: The Clown contests: These were apparently not meant in a serious vein, and had obviously been included for their entertainment value. The clown's contest was to be judged by the audience. The Children's contests: These focused mainly on costumes. The Men's contests, in which traditional dancers imitated the motions of warriors tracking the enemy. The winners of these and other contests were awarded prizes towards the close of the ceremony. EDITORIAL REVIEW: Omaha Indian powwows place great importance on contest songs. It is conceivable that this is because the traditional means of proving one's worth in the tribe - namely victories on the warpath, collecting scalps and other items of merit - are no longer applicable. Contest songs present Native Americans with an opportunity to relive the pomp and regalia of the past, and therefore involve highly symbolic wordings, steps and costumes. Each tribe usually has it's own 'champions' and these are enthusiastically supported by the spectators. The parameters by which winners are traditionally chosen are obscure at best, though skill and performance are certainly factors. However, at least one event - the Clown's Contest - was judged mainly by audience. The 1983 Omaha Indians powwow was a heavily attended and participated-in affair, and various tribes were represented. The atmosphere was extremely festive and it was evident that a lot of forethought, planning and preparation had gone into the making of this event. The eighteen contest songs included on the Omaha Indian Music - Contest Songs CD from A2ZCDS are live recordings from the event and reflect the ethnic festivity of the powwow. The sheer primitive beat and the elicited reactions from participants and audience alike succeed in conveying the joy and excitement that prevailed during the powwow at Macy, Nebraska in 1983. ----------------- CUSTOMER'S REVIEWS: 'Fortunately, I have personally seen Native American song-and-dance contests - including the Pawnee, Comanche and Ponca varieties. I was a cultural correspondent for an Oklahoma tabloid between 1963 and 1972 and we covered a lot of events like these. The music on the Omaha Indian Music - Contest Songs CD genuinely communicates the unbelievable dignity and splendor of these powwows.' Customer's Name: Jasper Mendez (Duluth, Minnesota) 'If you are a 'Red Indian' fan, you can't miss this wonderful CD from A2ZCDS. The beat and texture of these songs is truly reminiscent of Native American tradition. My children have been enacting intricate 'cowboys and injuns' war games to it's tune ever since we bought it. Of course, they are too young to understand the true nature of this music. I am entirely happy with this purchase.' Customer's Name: Frieda Cunningham (San Antonio, Texas)