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Collection Audio Recording James Mooney recordings of American Indian Ghost Dance songs, Songs from the Indian tribal ghost dances

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  • James Mooney recordings of American Indian Ghost Dance songs,

Other Title

  • Songs from the Indian tribal ghost dances


  • Berliner disc recordings of ghost dance songs made for the U.S. Bureau of Ethnology by Professor James Mooney, Smithsonian Institution, July 5-11, 1894.


  • Mooney, James, 1861-1921.
  • Smithsonian Institution. Bureau of Ethnology.

Created / Published

  • [Washington, D.C.] : E. Berliner, 1894.


  • Arapaho no. 44, 45 Ghost dance -- Commanche no. 1 Ghost dance -- Caddo no. 15 Ghost song -- Kiowa mescal song ; Kiowa daylight song -- Piute gambling song ; Arapaho no. 67 Ghost dance -- Arapaho no. 73 Ghost dance -- Arapaho no. 1 Ghost dance -- Arapaho no. 9, 28 Ghost dance -- Kiowa no. 15 Ghost song ; Caddo no. 12 Ghost song -- Kiowa no. 12 Ghost dance -- Caddo no. 2 Ghost dance -- Arapaho no. 52 Ghost dance.


  • -  Ghost dance--Songs and music
  • -  Indians of North America--Oklahoma--Music
  • -  Indians of North America--Great Plains--Music
  • -  Arapaho Indians--Music
  • -  Caddo Indians--Music
  • -  Comanche Indians--Music
  • -  Kiowa Indians--Music
  • -  Paiute Indians--Music


  • Songs


  • -  Disc AFS 14034 (IDB 34811) has "Chas. Mooney" engraved below "Arapaho no. 44, 45 Ghost dance."
  • -  Unidentified performer.
  • -  James Mooney recordings of American Indian ghost dance songs (AFC 1969/022), Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • -  Recordings are available online in the Library of Congress presentation titled, "Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry," where it is noted that for the ghost dance recordings: "It is unlikely that Mooney carted the heavy and cumbersome gramophone machine around the Great Plains recording the chants there. More likely is that Mooney recorded the chants himself in the Berliner studio in Washington and that Sousa and Gaisberg transcribed the music."
  • -  Preservation tape: Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1 sound tape reel : analog, 7 1/2 ips, full track ; 10 in.
  • -  National Archives and Records Administration; Transfer; 1969.
  • -  Sung in various languages.
  • -  List of titles is available in the Folklife Reading Room, Library of Congress.
  • -  Translations found in Mooney, James. The Ghost-Dance Religion and the Sioux Outbreak of 1890, published in the Fourteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1892-93; (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1896.)


  • 12 sound discs (metal, zinc) ; 7 in.
  • manuscripts 1 folder.


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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2014655251

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Mooney, James, and Smithsonian Institution. Bureau Of Ethnology. James Mooney recordings of American Indian Ghost Dance songs. [Washington, D.C.: E. Berliner, 1894] Audio.

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Mooney, J. & Smithsonian Institution. Bureau Of Ethnology. (1894) James Mooney recordings of American Indian Ghost Dance songs. [Washington, D.C.: E. Berliner] [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Mooney, James, and Smithsonian Institution. Bureau Of Ethnology. James Mooney recordings of American Indian Ghost Dance songs. [Washington, D.C.: E. Berliner, 1894] Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.