Weaver, Roger. Marie Norris's interpretations of fifty of Gatschet's Klamath chants and incantations

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Title: Marie Norris's interpretations of fifty of Gatschet's Klamath chants and incantations

Published in: American Indian culture and research journal -- Vol. 7, no. 3

Published By: American Indian culture and research journal -- Vol. 7, no. 3 Los Angeles: American Indian Culture Center, University of California, 1983. 55-63 p.

By line: Roger Weaver

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1998. Computer File

Culture: Klamath (NR10)

Subjects: Informants (115); Interviewing in research (124); Recording and collecting in the field (126); Music (533); Literary texts (539);

Abstract: This article includes the texts and interpretations of 50 Klamath songs which were originally collected by Albert S. Gatschet and published in 1890. In 1979, Robert Weaver, an English professor at Oregon State University, gave a copy of the songs to an elderly Klamath women, Marie Norris, and asked her to comment on them, believing she had the experience and knowledge to shed some light on the meaning of the texts. The songs are very short, most are one or two lines, and one is four lines. Many are the songs of animals expressing a variety of sentiments including anger, shame, pride, commitment, awareness, happiness, courage, fear, sadness, and confusion. Some are conjurers' songs about power and curing. A few are philosophical, e.g., 'In the fog I am straying blind/ All over earth I am wandering.' Interpretation: 'I lack the wisdom to find my true self.'

Document Number: 12

Document ID: nr10-012

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: 1979

Evaluation: Humanist-4

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 1996

Coverage Date: 1890-1982

Coverage Place: Klamath County, Oregon, United States

LCSH: Klamath Indians

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