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Catalog No: IH 2009
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New release! Available on CD-R
16 Ponca soldier dance songs. Album begins with the Starting Song of the Soldier Dance (later adopted to become the Ponca Flag Song).

Singers:

Lamont Brown, Harry Buffalohead, Joe H. Rush, Russell Rush, Sylvester Warrior, Albert Waters, Lenora S. Buffalohead, Metha Collins, Alice L. Cook, Lucy Cries For Ribs

Recorded at:

White Eagle, Oklahoma, April 7, 1971

Tribe:

Ponca

Format:

CD-R

About this Recording
About this Recording
As told by Lamont Brown and Harry Buffalohead

This soldier dance was started right here [at White Eagle] in 1918, right after Armistice. These songs were originally from the Tu-k-la, H-kani, and Mska-napi organizations. These dances are gone now, but the songs are here, so they had no use for them.

When World War I was over, these singers got together and took the words out of the old songs, and put in new words about this war and peace. And so they took these songs and made Soldier Dance songs out of them. This is danced clockwise by veterans and relatives of veterans. They dance in with the flag on this one. It is danced on Armistice Day [November 11,1918], May 8th [Victory in Europe VE Day, 1945], and Memorial Day.
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