Audio Recordings Lost Indian
About this Item
- Lost Indian
- Contributor Names
- Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
- Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
- Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
- Created / Published
- Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, November 26, 1966
- Subject Headings
- - Instrumental music
- - Fiddle tunes
- - Folk music--Appalachian Region
- - Airs
- - Ethnography
- - Music
- - Field recordings
- - United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
- Field recordings
- - Key: A
- - Meter: 4/4 (but not steady in its beat)
- - Strains: 3 (middle-middle-middle, 2-2-2)
- - Rendition: 1r-2r-3
- - Phrase Structure: AB QB UB (aba'c a"ra'c uva'c)
- - Compass: 11 (7 plus drone notes)
- - "Lost Indian" is not traceable as a tune, because it is not a typical British-American tune in the first place. It is imitative, and what it purports to imitate is a call of an American Indian--perhaps a communication call for use in the woods. Songs or tunes that imitate or evoke American Indians are long established in the culture of the Upper South; see, for example, "Indian War Whoop" in Knauff's Virginia Reels (1839). Various other songs or tunes titled "Lost Indian" can be encountered in both print and recorded sources in the twentieth century; see for example Ford, Traditional Music of America, p. 124. Henry Reed played this tune because he had been discussing the practice of tuning the fiddle in different tunings, and the fiddle had been placed in the tuning C#AEA. He had abandoned the practice of retuning the fiddle at some point as a young man, and though he found ways to convert most tunes to standard tuning that had been previously played in other tunings, a few specialty pieces such as "Lost Indian" seem to have been lost along the way. But when presented with this tuning, he ran his fingers over the strings to remind himself of the fingering patterns, and the tuning literally reminded him of the tune.
- - Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
- - Duration: 1 minute, 15 seconds
- - Spoken: [before tune]/HENRY REED: That, that ain't right yet./ALAN JABBOUR: The tuning?/HENRY REED: No, this is tuned wrong.[after tune]/HENRY REED: [Laughs]/ALAN JABBOUR: That's the "Lost Indian"?/HENRY REED: Yeah.
- - Recording chronology: 081
- Audio tape
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1967/007: AFS 13037A11
- Source Collection
- Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 1
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
- Online Format
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Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Lost Indian. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000151/. (Accessed July 23, 2016.)
APA citation style:
Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A. & Reed, H. (1966) Lost Indian. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000151/.
MLA citation style:
Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Lost Indian. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1966. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/afcreed000151/>.