Pow-Wow Princess Song

Pow-Wow Princess Song

Description

This song in the Omaha language was performed at the 1983 Omaha Tribal Pow-Wow in Macy, Nebraska, and was recorded by Carl Fleischhauer, an American folklife specialist at the Library of Congress. It was sung in honor of the 1983 Omaha Pow-Wow Princess, Melanie Parker. The song can be translated as, "I'm coming, I'm coming to you. Stand up when you see me coming, bringing something good to you." Each year a young woman is chosen as princess to serve the powwow committee and the Omaha community as role model and representative. Her selection constitutes an honor for her entire family, who help her acknowledge this through a gift-giving ceremony at the end of her term. The song is a typical Northern Plains-style dance song performed by a group of male singers seated around a large drum, having a song leader, a descending melody line, punctuating drumbeats at structural points, and a short coda. The princess and those who honor her will dance to the song, stopping exactly when the drum does.

Last updated: October 25, 2012