Audio Recordings Mi'kachi Song
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- Mi'kachi Song
- Other Title
- Wolf Song
- Contributor Names
- Wells, Charles (Ki'baxthagthithoⁿ) (Elk who comes back suddenly and meets hunter face to face) (Performer)
- La Flesche, Francis, 1857-1932 (Recordist)
- Merrick, Joseph (Gioⁿ'zethiⁿge) (None to teach him) (Performer)
- Saunsoci, Ardent (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 Frances 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:
- - Modern song. Composer Wa-dhi-gha-ge, went on warpath. Went out as scout, saw wolf, thought it was a man. Stole around him carefully and found out he was only a wolf. Then composed this song and sang to the trader. Sung on one of the last excursions. (La Flesche)
- - In traditional Omaha society wolves were naturally associated with wars and warriors. As Fletcher and La Flesche note, "In myths that deal with the creation of the earth . . . man's restlessness, his questionings of fate, his destructiveness, are frequently symbolized by the wolf (1911, p. 171)." The Wolf dance was performed when warriors gathered in their last public appearance before leaving the village, whether on a war party or simply traveling together as a group. The dancers, imitating the movements of the wolf, asked the wolf to share with them his predatory, restless character (1893, pp. 44-45, 123-126; 1911, pp. 416-420).
- - Probable years of birth of Joseph Merrick, Charles Wells, and Ardent Saunsoci are 1845, 1868, and 1858, respectively.
- wax cylinder recording
- Call Number/Physical Location
- AFC 1948/123: AFS 20,310: 11b
- Source Collection
- Alice C. Fletcher and Francis La Flesche collection of Omaha cylinder recordings (AFC 1948/123)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
- Online Format
ContributorsFletcher, Alice C. (alice Cunningham)
La Flesche, Francis
Merrick, Joseph (gion'zethinge) (none to Teach Him)
Wells, Charles (ki'baxthagthithon) (elk Who Comes Back Suddenly and Meets Hunter Face to Face)
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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)
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Omaha Powwow Project collection (AFC 1986/038)
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Chicago citation style:
Wells, Charles, Francis La Flesche, Ardent Saunsoci, Alice C Fletcher, and Francis La Flesche. Mi'kachi Song. /09, 1895. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/omhbib000465/. (Accessed July 23, 2016.)
APA citation style:
Wells, C., La Flesche, F., Saunsoci, A., Fletcher, A. C. & La Flesche, F. (1895) Mi'kachi Song. /09. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/omhbib000465/.
MLA citation style:
Wells, Charles, et al. Mi'kachi Song. /09, 1895. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/omhbib000465/>.