Seneca texts relating to the Green Corn Ceremony; An origin of the False Faces

Mss.Rec.128

Date: 1948 | Size: 2 reel(s)

Abstract

Seneca texts relating to the Green Corn Ceremony and Chant of Handsome Lake, given by Sherman Redeye, and an origin of the False Faces, given by Clara Redeye. Recorded in September 1948 at Coldspring Longhouse, Allegany Reservation, New York. These tapes are identified by William Fenton as "originals or copies of recordings made for the Library of Congress: Nos. 21322, 21324."

Collection Information

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access:

Access to the audio in this collection is currently restricted due to the high likelihood of its cultural sensitivity, pending further review. Please consult the Curator of Native American Materials for more information.

Provenance

Donated by Wililam Fenton in 1985. (Acc. 1985 751r)

Processing information

Collection digitized and cataloged by Brian Carpenter during the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded audio digitization project, 2008-2014.

Related material

Related manuscript materials are available in the William N. Fenton Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.20).

Accompanying notes

The box for tape 1 includes this description:

"Announcement of day's ceremony -- Great Feather Dance & 4 Ceremonies for children -- The announcement for naming babies at First Day Green Corn Dance -- Announcement with cries by member of Snipe clan of a name of boy baby with cries, claps -- Closing Address 4th Day Green Corn Festival after Bowl Game; thanks to all who have participated; chiefs, officials, singers, dancers, warriors to end 4 ceremonies, warriors -- English comment regarding Mid-Winter Festival [?] Faces mentioned, other differences learned from Henry Redeye;"

Note on cultural sensitivities

Materials in this collection may be considered culturally sensitive by the Native communities from which they originate. Researchers who access this material should be mindful of these sensitivities and should contact reference staff with any questions about potentially sensitive material.

Indexing Terms


Genre(s)

  • Sound recordings

Personal Name(s)

  • Fenton, William N. (William Nelson), 1908-2005
  • Handsome Lake, 1735-1815
  • Redeye, Clara
  • Redeye, Sherman

Subject(s)

  • Seneca Indians -- Folklore
  • Seneca Indians -- Religion
  • Speeches, addresses, etc., Seneca


Detailed Inventory

Tape 1
  
01-01. Redeye, Sherman. Fenton, William N. (William Nelson), 1908-2005.
Seneca Texts for the Green Corn Festival
1948-09-011 .mp3; 00:30:53

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

Other Descriptive Information: Fenton's notes from the box for tape 1 read as follows:  "According to Solon Jones, Harold Kittle remarked that these doings were about half the Tonawanda way and half Newtown--HK has Newtown versions of the songs written out. "Cornelius Seneca reports that he doesn't recall having turned off his machine at all, once the ceremony began. However, he wasn't able to take his mike [sic] outside for the singing circuit of the Longhouse at the end, but only followed the singers to the door. "Solon Jones says he must have missed 'about 6 more songs' by not going outside. (SJ wasn't at the ceremony, nor has he heard the recording.)"


Geographic Name(s): Allegany Indian Reservation (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Speeches, addresses, etc., Seneca; Seneca Indians -- Rites and ceremonies

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http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:3589

Tape 2
  
02-02. Redeye, Sherman. Fenton, William N. (William Nelson), 1908-2005.
Chant of Handsome Lake
1948-09-021 .mp3; 00:04:22

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.


Geographic Name(s): Allegany Indian Reservation (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Seneca Indians -- Religion; Seneca Indians -- Rites and ceremonies

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:3590

02-03. Redeye, Clara. Fenton, William N. (William Nelson), 1908-2005.
The Origin of the False Faces
1948-09-021 .mp3; 00:13:07

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.


Geographic Name(s): Allegany Indian Reservation (N.Y.)

Subject(s): Seneca Indians -- Folklore; Seneca Indians -- Rites and ceremonies

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:3591