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Omaha Indian Music-Fancy Dance Songs

Omaha Indian Music-Fancy Dance Songs

  • By Various Artists
  • Release 09/05/2006
  • Music Genre International
  • Media Format CD
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It may be that they were prevailed upon to do as part of the Reservation deal, but the fact remains that Omaha Indians are born and enthusiastic performers. Watching items such as the Ladies' Cloth, Shawl and Buckskin Dress dances and those that the men perform - such as the Gourd, Tail and Whipman's dances, is an unforgettable experience of color, vibrancy and ethnic splendor. The Omaha Indian's concept of music is essentially an interactive one. In other words, a song is meant to be used and lived. The idea of passive or insignificant music is an alien one to these people. The songs presented on this innovative CD from A2ZCDS are live dance recordings from the 1983 Omaha Indians Pow-wow at Macy, Nebraska: Gourd Dance Songs The Gourd Dance Society is an 'elite' performing troupe among the Omaha Indians. Their renditions are an essential ingredient of most social gatherings, such as birthday celebrations and events honoring war veterans. These songs may or may not be accompanied by words. Tail Dancer's Songs There are some strange customs attached to this category of dances. Tail Dancers dance the final chorus of the song. The dancers actually wear 'tails' that are considered sacred and highly symbolic. Tail dance songs are sung through several times and everyone gets to dance on the extended tail. Whipman's Songs The Whipman is especially appointed to exhort the audience to participate in the festivities. At the Omaha Indians Pow-wow of 1983, the Whipman was David Blackbird. Whipman's songs are not accompanied by words. In accordance with their purpose, the pace of these songs is usually quite frenetic and inspiring. General Dancing Songs The spirit of this category of songs can be gauged from the words. These vary from 'You made the other tribes cry' and 'The warriors are being honored' to 'I don't have any friends'. In their own primitive way, the beats to these songs are very applicable to the words. Amongst many other types of songs included on the innovative Fancy Dance Songs CD of the Fancy Dance Songs CD series from A2ZCDS were renditions honoring certain individuals. For instance, one song commemorated a certain Joseph Harlan Jr., who died in a car accident. Harlan belonged to the extended family of Joseph La Flesche. The songs featured on the Omaha Indians Music: Fancy Dance Songs CD are excerpts from the most festive and flamboyant sections of the 1983 Pow-wow at Macy, Nebraska. EDITORIAL REVIEW: Gone are the heydays of the Omaha Indians' Warrior Society. The totem pole stands no more. The medicine man is but a figurehead now. Omaha Indians have, for lack of other options, adapted to the 'outside' world. Very little remains in evidence of their original culture. A few fragments, however, survive - the 'hand game', their traditional generosity and openheartedness... however, what most evinces the historical richness of their culture is their music. Those who attended the 1983 Omaha Indians Pow-wow at Macy, Nebraska were unfailingly impressed with the pomp and pageantry of the occasion. Some of it could have come straight out of a cheap spaghetti Western; but the fact is that the songs - and the costumes worn to most of them - were representative of their cultural heritage. Much of their music has suffered from the influences of tape recorded rock 'n roll, but the kind played at their Pow-wows remains unadulterated in it's tradition. The fancy dances enacted during these gatherings are symbolic of their past exploits, and are therefore especially meaningful to the Omaha Indians. This CD is a compilation of the most outstanding songs that accompanied such dances at the 1983 Nebraskan Pow-wow. ----------------- CUSTOMER'S REVIEWS: 'We know for a fact that the Omaha Indians have had a hard time passing on their culture to coming generations, but musical collections like this CD (Omaha Indians Music - Fancy Dance Songs CD) give me renewed hope - the Omaha Spirit is alive and well.' Customer's Name: Amos C. Whittaker (Sacramento, California) 'Did they televise this event (1983 Omaha Pow-wow)? Can't imagine how I missed it if they did. I'm a great fan of Native American culture and this CD has all the right stuff. No phony hoopla or embellishments - this is true traditional music. A real gem from A2ZCDS - hats off.' Customer's Name: Eileen Dobson (Saint Peters, Missouri)

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Artist: Various Artists
Title: Omaha Indian Music-Fancy Dance Songs
Genre: International
Release Date: 09/05/2006
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 882012001387
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