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Hii’aa hii’a. 38 Haqami39 taawanawita. ”43 Hii’a aya hii. Hark, hark, o my mothers. We are coming to you as rain, coming this way. Along your planted fields, the clouds will make it rain all day long. We want it to be this way here, o our fathers. O my mothers, we wonder how you are living in accord with Hopi teachings here. Perhaps you are living here in accord with Hopi teachings, o my fathers. 29. haa’o, vocative particle. 30. pantaqw ‘if/when it is that way’. 31. = itam ‘we’. 32. hàalay’unangway ‘with happy hearts, with beneficent intentions’.
42. = waymakyangw ‘while walking along’. 43. = taatawyuyuwintima ‘go along dancing and singing songs’. Angaktsìntawi 45 If it is that way, then we clouds, with happy hearts, after clothing ourselves, start out coming from there on a journey as rain, coming this way. Along your planted fields [we] will make it rain all day long. ) Listen, there is more. [We will make it rain] throughout, all day long. ) This song is similar to Song 1 with minor differences in wording and structure. These differences illustrate the way tradition, passed along orally, results in variation.
In the first place, the songs were not recorded as they were sung in performance but rather were sung by a solo singer without musical accompaniment. In the second place, while new pieces of music are constantly being created as new songs are composed, contrary to the claim that no new pieces of music are currently being added to the Hopi musical tradition (McLeod 1974: 107), there exists no standardized writing system for transcribing all styles of music. George List’s attempts to score Hopi melodic lines within the existing Western notation were not successful because he found 32 Introduction that Hopi music is not based on the notes of the Western scale (List 1985).