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Old 12-15-2005, 10:38 AM   #1
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Veterans Songs

Several tribes have both warrior songs and modern veterans songs.

Songs are composed today, to fit the times. Thus, there are new veterans songs for the Iraqi Conflict(s), Vietnam and Women Veterans.

The Ho Chunk have songs for different branches of service. (ie. Army, Navy, etc.) Do any other tribes have this?

What songs are sung in the area you reside in?

Are they warrior songs, modern veteran's songs or both?

Are these songs used in the grand entry or to post the flags?

Who are the composers of these songs?

What do some of the words mean?
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Good thread idea!

Disclaimer: I'm not speaking for anyone other than myself and my singing experiences.

Historically there were no such thing as a veteran's songs, only warrior songs (i.e. war party songs), and these are numerous and some are still sung occasionally in South Dakota...mainly ones like the Battle of the Little Big Horn Song.

There are new veteran's songs being composed by people and groups all the time. I've never heard of anyone having to have the "right" to compose these songs, but just anyone with a knowledge and a desire to honor veterans. Lots and lots and lots of songs were produced out of WWII era. They spoke of the Germans (eya sica - "bad mouths") and the Japanese (kisunla kin - "long braids"). There is a well known Korea song that is still sung at gatherings.

Many of these songs speak of it being a hard time - (otehikelo) and of warriors (akicita).

In today's pow wows I've seen these songs sung after flag songs, and also occasionally as honor songs for veterans being honored or having a special. Some of the older war party songs are very appropriate for men's traditional songs as well as they refer to that warrior tradition.

Just a few thoughts.
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Old 01-02-2006, 10:07 AM   #3
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Where I sing (meaning who I sing with) dictates what songs are used and how they are used.

When songs like the old war dance songs are used, they are typically used for the Veterans Dance. Occassionally they may be pulled out for a Grand Entry. Mostly they are used for the mens dance or a kickin' intertribal. This is primarily done to "keep the songs alive".

LOL...to be honest with you...I think they're easier to remember than some of the newer songs these days.
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At many of the powows around here (Ohio), there is a Veteran's honoring song following the Grand Entry and Flag Song. Lots of good ones out there. My favorite is the POW/MIA Song by the Medicine River Singers from Tenessee.
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I am from Alabama. Most of the drums around this area sing a veterans song after the flag song, and at the end of the powwow. Many drums also have victory songs.

Many of the songs sung:
POW/MIA
Soldier Boy
WWI/WWII

There are also some modern songs to commerate Vietnam and the conflicts in the middle east.

I know I am a young guy, but I enjoy many of these new songs. I enjoy these songs and their meaning.
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Veteran songs in the Great Lakes Region

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I'll send you some songs, words, meanings, and uses of Menominee Veteran songs.

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I'll send you some songs, words, meanings, and uses of Menominee Veteran songs.

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We have two pow-wows at woodland bowl. The first happens during the 3rd weekend in May. It is our annual Veteran's pow-wow. This year the pow-wow is honoring Women Veterans. The Host drum is our buds--the Five Clan Singers.

The second pow-wow is during the first weekend in August. This is our contest pow-wow. We won't be able to make Denver. Many of my singers work jobs which are hard to get time off on weekends. Consequently, we have to pick and choose our pow-wows.

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I composed one in Tutelo about 9 months ago but we've never really sang it. Its a real good song that talks about all the warriors coming home from the War and thanking the Creator for bringing them home safely.

I guess it could be used as a Grand Entry....but definitely a Southern Straight song.
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