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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 09, 1913, Image 18

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Blackfeet Braves' Singing Their Songs Into the"PhonograpK.
By Mary Boyle O'Reilly.
New York, April 9. Thejmly real
American jmusic there isthe songs,
of Lo are not to be lost .forever
along with the dying re'dskinned race.
The most modern appliances of civilization-
are to be usejf to cpnserve
forever the natiqnal.airs bt'the primi
tive, Americans. i
To'.Geoffrey Q'Hara, a. New York
composer, has; been- assigned this
tasTt. He has "just' -begun, his work
by taking phonograph records of tife
tribal songs of the Blackfeet Indians.,
from- Glacier National Parj. Montana.
'It is higlijtime this workwas-tfe-.
gun," Alr.jG'Hara.said'tq-me. , f , ,
."The oldIridianihe'Wal'dians
are dying.off.
"Tie. new generation which fills
our Indian schools doesnot- appre
ciate" theimusic.and traditioris-of their
race. In' recording their- music on a
phonograph I will not.haye to urge
.the elder "-Indians to sing. Song to
'them' is a' naturalexpression -of the
various- occasions of - lif e the utter
ance" they give to their religious emo
tions,., Every., act pf ' their' daily lifeis'
interpreted in song. Their music ,is. a
mpsaiciof 11 the,passionsthe doings,
the strivings of their nation: Toit
we mustrgofpr their -hisfpry. ;i were
unpardonable neglect to let it .pass,
away unrecorded' ,

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