By Helen Addison Howard
The fashion of Indian poetry --
Alice Cunningham Fletcher --
Frances Densmore --
Mary Hunter Austin --
Natalie Curtis (Burlin) --
Alice Corbin Henderson --
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I am arrayed like the roses And beautiful as they. Love charms are a popular form of magic among the Chippewa. Ironically, the Indian woman who told the poem to the translator was, according to Densmore, t h e ugliest and dirtiest of any tribal m e m b e r contacted. Presumably the native woman was hopeful that the love charm would work its magic upon her! She was warned by the other women in t h e village not to reveal any more magical love charms after they learned what she had sung in a secret place in the forest to t h e white visitor.
26 This song exemplifies several characteristic features of native poetic style; it employs a slightly varied pattern of repetition instead of rhyme to aid rhythm; it is a balanced parallel, free verse form; and it expresses aspiration. Pawnee ideals in the "Hako" ritual often demonstrate philosophic concepts, as it was partly a prayer for peace and a plea for the brotherhood of man. VII Omaha Myths and Rituals The O m a h a were neighbors of the Pawnee. They were also farmer-hunters, who h a d formerly inhabited t h e west bank of the Missouri River in eastern Nebraska.
No musical instruments were employed in the Winter Spirit dance; the singer mimicked whatever animal was mentioned. One eight-line song to a wolf repeated, "the wolf comes" in slightly varying ways. 45 Many songs and chants among the various tribes were not only sung, with or without words, but danced without any kind of musical accompaniment. VIII A Rare Epic Poem While the Indian's poetic expression tends toward lyric and narrative poetry, only one example of an epic poem is extant. Walam Olum, the Red Score of the Lenni Lenape or Delaware 36 AMERICAN INDIAN POETRY Indians, consists of a number of birch-bark plates which are incised and painted red.