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[015] Songs of the Buffalo Hunt

Songs of the Buffalo Hunt

Songs of the Buffalo Hunt

_Sioux_

    The whole world is coming,
    A nation is coming, a nation is coming,
    The Eagle has brought the message to the tribe.
    The father says so, the father says so,
    Over the whole earth they are coming.
    The buffalo are coming, the buffalo are coming,
    The Crow has brought the message to the tribe,
    The father says so, the father says so.[C]

FOOTNOTE:
[C] "This fine song summarizes the whole hope of the Ghost-dance--the return of the buffalo and the departed dead, the message being brought to the people by the sacred birds, the Eagle and the Crow."

Songs of the Buffalo Hunt

Songs of the Buffalo Hunt [D]

_Sioux_

    _He!_ They have come back racing,[E]
    _He!_ They have come back racing,
    Why, they say there is to be a buffalo hunt over here,
    Why, they say there is to be a buffalo hunt over here.
    Make arrows! Make arrows!
    Says the father, says the father.
          Give me my knife,
          Give me my knife,
          I shall hang up the meat to dry--_Ye¥ ye!_
          I shall hang up the meat to dry--_Ye¥ ye!_
          Says grandmother--_Yo¥ yo!_
          Says grandmother--_Yo¥ yo!_
          When it is dry I shall make pemmican,
          When it is dry I shall make pemmican,
          Says grandmother--_Yo¥ yo!_
          Says grandmother--_Yo¥ yo!_[F]

FOOTNOTES:
[D] Songs and comments as given by James Mooney.

[E] "When going on a buffalo hunt, it was customary among the Sioux to send out a small advance party to locate the herd. On finding it, these men returned at once at full gallop to the main body of hunters, but instead of stopping on reaching them, they dashed past and then turned and fell in behind. It is to this custom the first line refers."

[F] "In the old days an Indian camp during the cutting up of the meat after a buffalo hunt was a scene of the most joyous activity.... Preparations were made for days and weeks ahead. Couriers were sent out to collect the neighboring bands at a common rendezvous, medicine men began their prayers and ceremonies to attract the herd, the buffalo songs were sung, and finally when all was ready the confederated bands or sometimes the whole tribe--men, women, children, horses, dogs, and travois--moved out into the buffalo grounds. Here the immense camp of hundreds of tipis was set up, more ceremonies were performed, and the mounted warriors rode out in a body to surround and slaughter the herd. The women followed close after them to strip the hides from the fresh carcasses, and cut out the choice portion of the meat and tallow and bring it into camp."

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