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ERIC Number: ED173043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Pages: 49
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Koyukon Athabaskan Dance Songs.
Pulu, Tupou L.
Nineteen songs sung at potlach activities to honor the dead have been transcribed and compiled to foster greater understanding and appreciation among Alaskan school children of the place of songs in the life of the Central Koyukon Athabaskans who believe that singing and dancing allow emotional release from the sadness of losing a loved one. The songs, never directly naming the deceased person, tell of how much the person is missed by his family and friends and of the good deeds the person did when he was alive. The songs fall into three basic types: (1) the mask dance songs, sung with the typical Eskimo words accompanied by the beating of the hand drum; (2) the washtub songs, to which the people dance around a peeled spruce pole moving a piece of calico up and down with their hands; and (3) the stick dance songs, sung only during the proper time at the Feast for the Dead. Each song is presented with lyrics in Athabaskan and English, a brief history of the subject of the song and its composer, and appropriate illustrations by Dinah Stephenson. Also included is a biographical sketch of Madeline Solomon, native Alaskan educator who assisted in compiling the songs. (NEC)
National Bilingual Materials Development Center, Rural Education Affairs, University of Alaska, 2223 Spenard Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99503 ($2.50, limited supply)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: EnglishAthapascan
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.; Office for Civil Rights (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau.; Alaska Univ., Anchorage. National Bilingual Materials Development Center.
Identifiers: Alaska; Cultural Contributions; Koyukon (Language) *Songbooks; Oral Tradition
Note: From stories and songs provided by Madeline Solomon; music transcribed by Tom Johnston; song syllables transcribed by Eliza Jones