Hopi Katsina Songs by Emory Sekaquaptewa

By Emory Sekaquaptewa

Emory Sekaquaptewa devoted so much of his lifestyles to selling Hopi literacy and growing written fabrics to reinforce the language and lifeway of his humans. He understood how in detail cultural principles are embedded in language, and by way of transcribing and translating early recordings of katsina songs he helped enhance the continuity of Hopi non secular inspiration and cultural practices. Sekaquaptewa believed that the recommendation inside the katsina songs, a few of which have been recorded over a century in the past, can be utilized by destiny generations as guideposts for navigating modern life.
 
Hopi Katsina Songs includes Hopi transcriptions, English translations, and distinctive commentaries of a hundred and fifty katsina songs, recorded through the 20th century from all 3 Hopi mesas, in addition to twenty-five recorded via Sekaquaptewa himself. To extra proceed the artistic strategy of the Hopi legacy, Sekaquaptewa integrated tune fragments with the desire that readers could have in mind the songs and entire them. those positive factors make his assortment a useful source for retaining and educating Hopi language and culture.

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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).

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