KURATH, Gertrude Prokosch
Title: Dance and Song Rituals of Six Nations Reserve, Ontario. First Edition.
Publisher:  National Museum of Canada, Ottawa, 1968,
Seller ID: 98620
KURATH, Gertrude Prokosch. Dance and Song Rituals of Six Nations Reserve, Ontario. Ottawa : National Museum of Canada, 1968. First Edition. Pp (4),v-xiv,1-205,(7). Illustrated. Music Notation. 8vo, blue and white card covers,lettered in black and white. Bulletin No. 220, Folklore Series No. 4. "Thi s report is primarily a choreographic and musical survey of Canadian Longhouse customs. It joins the arts of choreography and music in the descriptions and even in the analyses. It also presents the related art of costuming. [...] The observations have extended over sixteen years, from 1948 to 1964,and have included representative ceremonies of all seasons. It was possibl e to be present at these ceremonies in the three Longhouses that welcome White visitors. For the fourth one, Lower Cayuga, secondhand descriptions hadto suffice, because its members exclude White guests." - from the preface. Contents : Part I. : Keepers of the Faith. 1. Ceremonial Calendars. 2. Lo nghouse Activity. Part II.: Choreography. 3. Ground Plans. 4. Steps, postures, gestures. Part III. Dance and Song in the Ceremonies. 5. Midwinter dream and medicine rites. 6. Four sacred ceremonies. 7: Food spirit dances Chapter. 8: Social dances. Part IV. Traditional Style and Variations. 9. Dance,percussion, and melody. 10. Ritualized and creative variations. Part V. Co stumes. 11. Women's ceremonial costumes. 12. Men's costumes. 13. Masks. Part VI. Crucial Decades. 14. Inheritors and innovators. 15. Ancient rites in a modern world. With bibliography. Very good. 20.00