• Album Technical Note -- Omaha Indian Music

    The four-inch wax cylinders heard on this album were rerecorded onto magnetic tape using a modified Edison Home Phonograph. The machine accepted styluses varying in size to accommodate the different size and condition of each cylinder. Because the revolutions per minute at which these field recordings were made often changed from day to day, sometimes from cylinder to cylinder, the technician rerecording them decided ...

  • Omaha Song Today -- Omaha Indian Music

    Clockwise from top: Looking Toward Macy from Pow-Wow; Baseball Game in Macy; View of Bluffs, Missouri River, and Iowa. There are no more deer hoof rattles. The moccasin game exists only in memory. All that remains of the Warrior Society is the American Legion. The medicine bundles have been stolen, sold, or destroyed. The sacred Pole is gone. The last monolingual Omaha has died. ...

  • Reflections on the Omaha Cylinder Recordings -- Omaha Indian Music

    Omaha reservation, Thurston County, Nebraska. By the time Alice Fletcher first began her study of Omaha culture in the early 1880s, much of the original land belonging to the Dhegiha Siouan-speaking Omaha people had been ceded to the United States through treaty. The Omaha cylinder recordings at the Library of Congress were not really thought about by the Omaha during the last century. They ...

  • Related Resources -- Omaha Indian Music

    Related Essays Published in Folklife Center News, 1981-1985 Brady, Erika. "Bringing the Voices Home: The Omaha Pow-Wow Revisited." Folklife Center News 8:4 (October-December 1985): 7-10. Jabbour, Alan. "Director's Column." Folklife Center News 6:2 (April-June 1983): 2-3 (PDF, 14.8MB). "The 153rd Annual "Original" Omaha Tribal Pow-Wow Reproduced" from Folklife Center News 6:4 (October-December 1983): 7-11 (PDF, 13MB). Walcott, Ronald. "Francis La Flesche: American Indian Scholar." ...

  • Album Acknowledgments -- Omaha Indian Music

    This album could not have been produced without the cooperation and encouragement of the Omaha people. We would like especially to thank the Omaha Tribal Council and its chairmen, Elmer Blackbird (1981-83) and Wade Miller (1983-present), Dennis Hastings, director of the Omaha Tribal Research Project, and singers Charles Edwards and the late John Turner, who helped Alan Jabbour identify and document the voices of ...

  • Omaha Indian Music -- Omaha Indian Music

    Omaha Indian Informant and Alice Fletcher in Macy, NE. Courtesy of the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution. Photograph No. 4500. In the late 19th century, American Indian music was emerging as a legitimate area of anthropological inquiry. Most fieldworkers noted only the words of ceremonial songs and found Indian music at best difficult to comprehend. In her introduction to A Study of Omaha Indian ...

  • Rights and Access -- Omaha Indian Music

    The Library of Congress is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17, U.S.C.) or any other restrictions in the material in this collection, except as noted below. Users should keep in mind that the Library of Congress is providing access to these materials strictly for educational and research purposes. The written permission of the copyright owners and/or other holders of rights ...

  • Selected Bibliography from Album -- Omaha Indian Music

    Francis La Flesche Green, Norma Kidd 1969 Iron Eye's Family: The Children of Joseph La Flesche. Lincoln, Nebraska: Johnson Publishing Company. La Flesche, Francis 1900 The Middle Five: Indian Boys at School. Boston: Small, Maynard and Company. Liberty, Margot 1976 Native American 'Informants': The Contribution of Francis La Flesche. In American Anthropology: The Early Years, ed. by John V. Murra, pp. 99-110. 1974 Proceedings ...

  • About this Collection -- Omaha Indian Music

    Presented here are selections from the American Folklife Center's collections documenting Omaha music traditions. The sound recordings include 44 wax cylinder recordings made in the 1890s (first published on a 1985 LP entitled Omaha Indian Music: Historical Recordings from the Fletcher/La Flesche Collection), 323 songs and spoken-word segments from the 1983 Omaha harvest celebration pow-wow, 24 spoken-word segments from an interview with an Omaha ...

    • Date: 2000