February 10, 2007


On January 31 we discussed and read selections from Foghorn by Hanay Geiogamah.
There are a few production still on the UCLA website here

Music clips include
(i'll post these soon)

49 and Hip Hop Powwow

In February 7 class we discussed Hanay Geiogamah's play 49 and listened to a few clips of music that he used.
Links for sound clips that we listened to in class
The Forty-Nine--a radio program with transcript about the 49 featuring songs such as "Oh, yes, I love you, honey dear" on Wisdom of the Elders. <>
Kiowa Turtle Song--part of a Smithsonian Global Sound from the "Music of the Plains Apache" CD <>
If i happen across any of the other songs i will post links later.

Here's a review of a New York production of the play at La Mama, one of the places that the American Indian Theatre Ensemble with Geiogamah, work out of.
THEATER: '49,' MUSICAL ABOUT A TRIBAL SHAMAN by Mel Gussow, the late noted New York Theatre critic.

Kiowa elder, Evans Ray Satepauhoodle, explains the origin of some of the round dance songs that are sometimes called "49" songs and appear after powwows proper at "the nine," or the social gathering after the main powwow.
Although we didn't see this video in class--it shows a round dance with drum group in the middle.

Bronco mentioned some videos a friend showed him on YouTube called Hip Hop Powwow so we looked at those. I read in the notes that the videos were taken at a Chickahominy powwow in Virginia in September. From the woman who filmed the dancing:

this was not the pow wow/ this was after all of the tradtional dancing. the elder asked the kids to do there [sic] thing. and everyone dancing had indian blood
. and
Hey folks! The singers were from North Carolina, we were on a reservation in Virginia, the elders are all sitting up under the tent. No one objected that I saw!
she says about the couple 'grinding':
Video taken of the winners of the Hip Hop contest on the Chickahominy Tribe in VA.

I didn't mention in class that Jim Pepper, the late noted jazz musician with Kaw and Creek blood did the music for the original production of 49. One of his most famous recording is Pepper's Powwow with the song "Witchi Tai To" For more about Pepper and his various recordings Jim Pepper Legacy in Recorded Music: a Treasure Chest