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Folk Music of the United States: Songs of the Nootka and Quileute, 1952

Identifier: M060.03.0015.00002


Recorded on cylinders in the Northwest coast in 1923 and 1926 and edited by Frances Densmore. Program notes and translations of the songs (20 p. ; 27 cm.) in accompanying booklet. Contents: Potlatch songs: Song in the canoes ; Young doctor's canoe song ; Song of the host at a potlatch ; Song before distribution of gifts -- Songs with contest of physical strength at a potlatch: Song challenging to contest of physical strength -- Klokali songs: Modern klokali song ; Wand dance song ; Song with impersonation of the wild white geese ; Song with impersonation of the deer ; Song with impersonation of a little fish -- Songs of social dances: Song of pintlachatl dance ; Song congratulating a rival musician -- Songs of social gatherings: Song of parting -- Song of a social custom: I cannot forget you -- Game songs: Game song -- Dream songs: Song taught by the frog ; Young doctor's dream song ; Song of the four little shell animals ; A whale is singing -- Songs used in the treatment of the sick: A path on the mountain peaks -- Songs connected with stories: Song addressed to a shark ; Song of a little boy in search of his grandparents -- Songs for children: Beaver's song to bring rain ; My canoe is full of kelp fish ; My little son -- Miscellaneous songs: Breakers, roll more easily ; I will not have him.


  • 1952


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

Texts primarily in English. Navajo, Spanish and German also noted; most likely there are additional languages. Sound recordings are in multiple indigenous languages.

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1 Items (sound disc)

Scope and Contents

From the Series:

This series contains phonograph records.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Phonograph record (33 1/3)

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