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Teton Sioux Music

Teton Sioux Music

This song, composed at Standing Rock, demonstrates the wariness the people felt about becoming citizens. The song clearly shows the great value placed on the Dakota culture and traditions. COL-22H59

Teton Sioux Music. No. 239, A Song Concerning a Message from Washington, sung by Holy-Face Bear.
Teton Sioux Music. No. 239, A Song Concerning a Message from Washington, sung by Holy-Face Bear.

Analysis. —This song is remarkable in its opening interval, which was uniformly given in three renditions, the fourth rendition beginning on the last part of the first measure. The song is melodic in structure, had a range of 10 tones, and lacks the sixth and seventh tones of the complete octave. This song was said to have been recently composed.

4840˚—Bull. 61–18—35