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  • Page 1 of 1983 Omaha Harvest Celebration Pow-Wow Fieldnotes by Carl Fleischhauer

    FIELDNOTES OMAHA POW-WOW, MACY, NEBRASKA AUGUST 12–16, 1983 Carl Fleischhauer American Folklife Center August 29, 1983

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1983-08-29
  • Page 2 of 1983 Omaha Harvest Celebration Pow-Wow Fieldnotes by Carl Fleischhauer

    Friday, August 12, 1983 The town of Macy lies in a low place, probably along the course of a creek. Like the region at large, the countryside surrounding the town consists of cornfield upon cornfield and soybean field upon soybean field, with only the wooded bluffs along the Missouri River for relief. At Macy's center are three or four brick governmental buildings, two of ...

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1983-08-29
  • Page 3 of 1983 Omaha Harvest Celebration Pow-Wow Fieldnotes by Carl Fleischhauer

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1983-08-29
  • Page 4 of 1983 Omaha Harvest Celebration Pow-Wow Fieldnotes by Carl Fleischhauer

    2 end of the midway. We talked for a while, and then Dorothy and I were taken up to the speaker's stand to meet Clifford Wolfe Sr., the Master Of Ceremonies (MC). I had noticed that the singers and their pair of drums were located in the center of the arena, and I wanted to look over this the area to plan my microphone ...

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1983-08-29
  • Page 5 of 1983 Omaha Harvest Celebration Pow-Wow Fieldnotes by Carl Fleischhauer

    3 two one-drum units and take turns. For portions of the time, from three to five women sat in a partial outer circle around one corner of the oval and sang too. There were two video units at work in the arena. One was from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (University Television, zip 68182) and was led by John D. Millar (402-554-2516), and ...

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1983-08-29
  • Page 6 of 1983 Omaha Harvest Celebration Pow-Wow Fieldnotes by Carl Fleischhauer

    4 In fact, however, tapes of the old cylinders—from Dennis's cassettes—were being played constantly throughout the pow-wow as intermission music, including that very supper hour. The CBS fellows knew this, actually, since we followed our discussion by testing a playback and miking setup for the next day. The CBS crew had a wireless mike that they planned to hook to the speaker's public address ...

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1983-08-29
  • Page 7 of 1983 Omaha Harvest Celebration Pow-Wow Fieldnotes by Carl Fleischhauer

    5 stand. Then it was (evidently) rolled up and set down. This seemed odd to me, for I would have expected it to be hung on the stand in some way. Many of the songs at the pow-wow had two parts, and the grand entry was was no exception. Usually during the second portion of a song, the dancers would turn and face the ...

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1983-08-29
  • Page 8 of 1983 Omaha Harvest Celebration Pow-Wow Fieldnotes by Carl Fleischhauer

    6 to the west and took some photographs of the lighted arena. When I did this I noticed a number of folks in the campground, some listening, and some—teenage boys—playing rock music on a "ghetto blaster." One of the true disappointments of the dim light at night in the arena was the difficulty it presented in photographing the clowns. There were four clowns, who ...

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1983-08-29
  • Page 9 of 1983 Omaha Harvest Celebration Pow-Wow Fieldnotes by Carl Fleischhauer

    7 for the host drum, but I also wanted two additional mikes. These could have been a stereo pair for the "number two" drum, or served as added mikes for the women singers. The CBS team said that they would lend me a 75′ cable, but they had not showed up by 11:30, and I gave up on them. I did borrow two 25′ ...

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1983-08-29
  • Page 10 of 1983 Omaha Harvest Celebration Pow-Wow Fieldnotes by Carl Fleischhauer

    8 the circumstances of the recordings. About halfway through, MC Wolfe asked the traditional dancers to get up and dance to the tunes. This seemed to me a very nice gesture of acceptance. After the last tape had been played, there was no particular wrap-up, and the singers just went on into the next song. The CBS fellows complained a little afterwards that they ...

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1983-08-29
  • Page 11 of 1983 Omaha Harvest Celebration Pow-Wow Fieldnotes by Carl Fleischhauer

    9 to deal with people's Indian names. Ultimately, he said he had good sense of the tribe's history (genealogical) for a period of as much as 200 years. He hoped to write a book. He left Nebraska some time agao. I had the impression that it was ten or more. He now lives in Terre Haute, Indiana (800 Collett Ave.; zip 476804), and he ...

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1983-08-29
  • Page 12 of 1983 Omaha Harvest Celebration Pow-Wow Fieldnotes by Carl Fleischhauer

    10 barbecued buffalo. The leader of this trio was Ida Anderson, an articulate woman we had met earlier; she is treasurer of the pow-wow committee. She stood and worked, while Delia Hallowell and Rosa Linda Wolfe (left to right in my photos) sat and shucked. We chatted for a while, and shucked a few ears ourselves before moving on. During the course of the ...

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1983-08-29
  • Page 13 of 1983 Omaha Harvest Celebration Pow-Wow Fieldnotes by Carl Fleischhauer

    11 ceremony. Further, the giveaways were often preceded by apologies for the modesty of the items given, or the fact that there was not enough for everyone. At some point, Paul Brill told me that the man in this case (or in a similar case; it is noted in the tape logs) was NOT the boy's actual grandfather. But, he said, the term is ...

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1983-08-29
  • Page 14 of 1983 Omaha Harvest Celebration Pow-Wow Fieldnotes by Carl Fleischhauer

    12 their educational achievements, career plans, knowledge of Omaha heritage, etc., and judging their poise, bearing and appearance. All in all it looked like the competitive procedure any county fair might use to pick their annual "queen." Toward the end of a long evening, the contests were completed and the winners announced. Then a man was called up for a closing prayer. I didn't ...

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1983-08-29
  • Page 15 of 1983 Omaha Harvest Celebration Pow-Wow Fieldnotes by Carl Fleischhauer

    13 We went to Walthill for lunch, and had a bit at little local restaurant. Dennis said that Walthill was named for the son of the railroad magnate who founded the line that ran through the town (Hill of the Great Northern?). The restaurant had a pow-wow poster on the bulletin board which announced the event as the "116th Annual." The program, of course, ...

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1983-08-29
  • Page 16 of 1983 Omaha Harvest Celebration Pow-Wow Fieldnotes by Carl Fleischhauer

    14 Earlier, when we had talked to Dennis Jones, we heard about "Black Bird Bend," a section of land that had been on the Nebraska shore of the river, but after a change of course, the 2000-odd acre plot was now in Iowa. The tribe had fought for the land in court, and had won. This was one of the plots that Jones said ...

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1983-08-29
  • Page 17 of 1983 Omaha Harvest Celebration Pow-Wow Fieldnotes by Carl Fleischhauer

    15 Tuesday, August 16 It was all I could do to pack, I was feeling so bad. But we got packed, and drove on to Omaha. We stopped by the university and returned the two mike cables we had borrowed from John Millar. Then to the airport, where we put most of our equipment in air freight. And flew home. In Washington, my first ...

    • Contributor: Fleischhauer, Carl
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1983-08-29