Audio Recordings He'dewachi Prayer Sung As Two Bearers Hold Up the Sacred Pipes
Fletcher, Alice C. (Alice Cunningham)
La Flesche, Francis
Merrick, Joseph (Gion'Zethinge) (None to Teach Him)
Miller, George (Inke'Tonga) (Big Shoulder)
- He'dewachi Prayer Sung As Two Bearers Hold Up the Sacred Pipes
- Other Title
- He'dewachi Song
- Tribal Dance Song
- Contributor Names
- La Flesche, Francis, 1857-1932 (Recordist)
- Merrick, Joseph (Gioⁿ'zethiⁿge) (None to teach him) (Performer)
- Miller, George (Iⁿke'toⁿga) (Big Shoulder) (Performer)
- Fletcher, Alice C. (Alice Cunningham), 1838-1923 (Collector)
- La Flesche, Francis, 1857-1932 (Collector)
- Created / Published
- Field recordings
- - This song was collected by Alice Cunningham Fletcher and Francis La Flesche. It is included on "Omaha Indian Music: Historical Recordings from the Fletcher/La Flesche Collection" (AFC L71).
- - From the liner notes of the "Omaha Indian Music" album: Prayer sung as two bearers hold up the Sacred Pipes.
- - In the last half of the 19th century, the He'dewachi ceremony concluded the series of rituals surrounding the Sacred Pole. Like the Hethu'shka dance, He'dewachi dances imitated and celebrated the exploits and honors of warriors, and gifts were exchanged during the ceremony and dance which added to these honors, but the He'dewachi may also contain symbolism relating it to the cultivation of corn (1893, pp. 19-21, 82; 1911, pp. 251-260).
- - On the third day of the Thanksgiving festival the Hae-de-wache or tribal dance took place conducted by the In-kae-sabbae gens; the singing of the songs was the duty of the Wa-the-ge-zhae subgens. The dance was highly dramatic especially that part wherein the past experiences of the warriors was depicted. The scene was full of action and color, the whole tribe took part in it; every one was in gala dress, there was hardly an Omaha too old or too young not th have upon him some token of this festivity. Fragments of ancient tribal rites are discernible in this dance, as well as bits of tribal history; the music . . . [is] fitted to the movements of the dancing men and women as they pass in a vast circle around a pole, the male singers and drummers sitting at its base (1893, p. 20).
- - Fletcher and La Flesche describe the He'dewachi ceremony in their 1911 ethnography, which includes John Comfort Fillmore's harmonized transcriptions of five songs from the ceremony (pp. 251-260).
- - Probable years of birth of George Miller and Joseph Merrick are 1852 and 1845, respectively.
- wax cylinder recording
- Call Number
- AFC 1948/123: AFS 20,310: 8c
- Source Collection
- Alice C. Fletcher and Francis La Flesche collection of Omaha cylinder recordings (AFC 1948/123)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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