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1895 Omaha Indian Pow Wow

Hube na-au (Pebble Society Songs)
Alice Fletcher (1823-1923)
Francis La Flesche (1857-1932)
Hube na-au (Pebble Society Songs)
Original Field Notes for Omaha Indian Pow Wow, 1895
American Folklife Center (119A)

Alice Fletcher and her adopted Omaha son, Francis La Flesche, documented Omaha traditional music on wax cylinder recordings between 1895 and 1911, as part of their research leading to the publication of a major ethnography entitled The Omaha Tribe (1911). Here you see both a sample cylinder and the types of notes and translations Fletcher made regarding four Pebble Society songs recorded from an unnamed singer by La Flesche in September 1895.

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