Audio Recordings Clown Song
About this Item
- Clown Song
- Other Title
- Exhibition Song
- Contributor Names
- Fleischhauer, Carl (Recordist)
- Created / Published
- August 14, 1983
- Subject Headings
- - Clown Contest
- - Music
- - Ethnography
- - Songs
- - United States -- Nebraska -- Macy
- - From Dorothy Sara Lee's fieldnotes: "The clowns did not seem terribly ferocious, but their covered faces and mildly outrageous actions seemed to frighten some of the younger children. The clown dancers were apparently not intended to be taken seriously, and there was a bit of clowning between one of the dancers and one of the arena directors. Clown costumes were take-offs on pow-wow regalia: headpieces made of an old rug or mop; rag tails. All clown dancers wore cloths over their heads to disguise their identities. Some appeared to be serious dancers--one danced with hula hoops but finished with the drum. Others parodied the movements of fancy dancers. Supposedly, the clown contest was judged by the audience; the arena directors held a flag over the heads of each contestant and listened [sic] the corresponding applause" (p. 13). 1983 Omaha pow-wow. Macy, Nebraska. Notes from interview with Rufus White: This was an exhibition song for the winners.
- 7-inch tape
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1986/038: 0677
- Source Collection
- Omaha Powwow Project collection (AFC 1986/038)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
- Online Format
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Alice C. Fletcher and Francis La Flesche collection of Omaha cylinder recordings (AFC 1948/123)
Omaha Indian interviews collection, 1983 (AFC 1983/026)
1985 Neptune Plaza Concert Series collection (AFC 1985/015)
Omaha Powwow Project collection (AFC 1986/038)
Omaha Indian interviews collection, 1999 (AFC 1999/014)
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Fleischhauer, Carl. Clown Song. 1983. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/omhbib000331/. (Accessed August 24, 2016.)
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Fleischhauer, C. (1983) Clown Song. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/omhbib000331/.
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Fleischhauer, Carl. Clown Song. 1983. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/omhbib000331/>.