Audio Recordings Hon'hewachi Song
- Hon'hewachi Song
- Other Title
- Night Dance Society Song
- Contributor Names
- Miller, George (Iⁿke'toⁿga) (Big Shoulder) (Performer)
- La Flesche, Francis, 1857-1932 (Recordist)
- Mi'gthiⁿtoⁿiⁿ (Return of New Moon) (Performer)
- Unidentified Woman (Performer)
- Merrick, Joseph (Gioⁿ'zethiⁿge) (None to teach him) (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: This is a Blue Spot song from the Hon'hewachi Society.
- - La Flesche: "They are coming for you. (The ceremonies are completed.) It is time. They are coming to tell you because it is time." The song is addressed to the girl, that the preparatory ceremonies are completed and she is sent for and also her father is notified by it that his gifts are complete and the ceremony of the blue spot is to take place.
- - In Omaha society, a man gained honor through the accumulation of wathin'ethe, "acts and gifts which do not directly add to the comfort and wealth of the actor or donor, but which have relation to the welfare of the tribe . . . (1911, p. 202)." When an individual accumulated one hundred or more wathin'ethe, he was eligible for membership in the Hon'hewachi Society, composed of men of similar accomplishment. According to Fletcher and La Flesche,"the literal translation of the name is Honn', 'in the night:' wa'chi,'dance;' but this does not convey the true meaning of the word. Wa'chi does not mean 'dance' in our sense of the word but dramatic rhythmic movements for the expression of personal emotion or experience, or for the presentation of mythical teachings (p. 493)."One of the privileges given a member of the Hon'hewachi Society was the right to tatoo the mark of honor upon a young woman, either the daughter of a relative, or close friend. Each member of the society had to compose his own personal song in the rhythm of the Hon'hewachi initial song which told of personal experiences, and which he sang when the ritual songs of the tattooing ceremony were completed (1911, pp. 493-509).
- - Probable years of birth of George Miller, Joseph Merrick, and Mi'gthintonin are 1852, 1845, and 1830, respectively.
- - Mi'gthintonin was the daughter of Wanon'kuge, one of the important chiefs of the early 1800s. She was also I'bahomba's (Benjamin Hallowell's) sister.
- wax cylinder recording
- Call Number
- AFC 1948/123: AFS 20,310: 9a
- 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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