MS 3137 Material relating to the Music of Alaska, Acoma, and Yuma Indians

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.MS3137
Creators:
Densmore, Frances, 1867-1957
Chapman, John W. (John Wight), 1858-1939
Fox, James
Dates:
ca. 1929-37
Languages:
Undetermined
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Includes: (1) "A Comparison between Yuma, Acoma, and Alaska Indian Songs" 19 pages. (2) Descriptive analysis of seven Acoma songs 7 pages. (3) Material relating to eight Alaska Indian songs sung by James Fox and recorded by the Reverend John W. Chapman at Anvik, Alaska. The songs are those of the waterspirit, crane, fox, owl, woodpecker, jay, porcupine, and crow. They have been identified as being Ingalik, perhaps on the basis of where they were recorded. The words, if there were any, have not been included in the transcriptions. (a) Descriptive analysis 2 pages. (b) Three sets of musical transcriptions (15 pages) plus a photostatic copy of one set. The three transcriptions differ in small but significant ways. (c) Forms used in analyzing the songs 16 pages. (d) Fragment of a note that includes information about Fox, Chapman, and the acquisition of the sound recordings by the Bureau of American Ethnology 1 page. (e) Fragment of a note about the songs and the quality of the recordings 1 page. (f) Fragment of a letter, Chapman to Densmore, May 11, 1931, including information incorporated in f, above 2 pages.

Administration
Existence and Location of Originals
The sound recordings have been transferred to the Library of Congress.
Author

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 3137

Other Title
Other Title
A Comparison between Yuma, Acoma, and Alaska Indian Songs

Using the Collection
Citation
Manuscript 3137, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Custodial History
Custodial History
The letter of Chapman was received from the Densmore estate ca. 1962. The photostatic copy of one set of musical transcriptions was received in 1937. The latter were originally catalogued under manuscript 3918 and, later, 3771. The rest of the material was received in 1929. Fourteen pages of tabulated analysis and six pages of transcripts of Acoma songs that are reported as being mentioned former cataloging have not been found, but see manuscript 4482.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Music -- Acoma Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Music -- Ingalik Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Music -- Yuma Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ingalik Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Musical transcriptions Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Athapascan -- Northern Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Acoma Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Deg Hit'an Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yuma Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Subarctic Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746
naa@si.edu
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