Audio Recordings Rally Song
Fletcher, Alice C. (Alice Cunningham)
La Flesche, Francis
White, Mattie (Mi'Gthi Ntonin)
- Rally Song
- Other Title
- Woman Song
- Contributor Names
- White, Mattie (Mi'gthi ⁿtoⁿiⁿ) (Performer)
- Fletcher, Alice C. (Alice Cunningham), 1838-1923 (Collector)
- La Flesche, Francis, 1857-1932 (Collector)
- 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: When warriors left to defend their village against attack, women sang Rally songs to encourage them: "here and there the voice of a woman would be heard singing a song to inspirit the men, and at its close she gave the cry of the bird-hawk to evoke the supernatural power of this bird, which was associated with the god of war (1911, pp. 426-427)."
- - Mattie White's probable year of birth is 1866. She was the daughter of Joseph Merrick.
- wax cylinder recording
- Call Number
- AFC 1948/123: AFS 20,312: 13a
- 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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