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Thread #70258   Message #1219079
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
03-Jul-04 - 08:47 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Native American folk song
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Native American folk song
Guest Kate, what you ask is almost impossible to answer based on those few sounds. A similar introduction of vocables to the few words of the song is common to the songs of White Horse, Fox and other societies. The problem is that similar syllables are used in many songs. Without knowing the language, tribe or the intent of the song, this is only a wild guess.
The following is a "sounds like" from Natalie Curtis and would make an Indian of that group laugh. Just an example-

Tasunke-ska Olowan
Song of the White Horse Society

E...a he ha ya hi yi yo a hi yi yo e ya ha e iya
I ya a he hi yi yo a ha yi yi I ya ha e i ya ai ye hi yi yo
E e e e yo!
E e a ha o-o-o-o

Ko-ea, ta ku o-te hi-ka
(Friend, whatever hardships threaten)
I-ma-ku-wa-pi-lo ni yo ye
(If you call me, I'll befriend you, O!)
He-na- ko-wo-ki-pi sni he wa-on-on we lo
(All enduring fearlessly, I'll befriend, befriend you)
E-ye-ye-ye yo!

Natalie Curtis, The Indians' Book, ca. 1906 (reprinted and re-issued by Bonanza).