Song or Story
Indian Island, ME
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Linda Gilbert Davenport
The "Green Corn Dance" (or simply "Corn Dance") is a Penobscot song and dance tradition based on the legend of the first mother that tells of the origin of important horticultural plants. Briefly, the legend tells how first mother was sad because there was no food for her children.
1. Yaw ni go weh Yaw ni go weh Yaw- ni- go weh (Repeat 3x)
2. Lo la da gair kwe ya hy ya weh hu Lo la da gair kwe ya hy ya weh hu Lo la da gair kwe ya hy ya weh hu Lo la da gair kwe ya hy ya weh hu (Repeat as necessary)
Teresa Sappier, Linda Gilbert Davenport, Green Corn Dance, Penobscot, Indian Island, pageant, first mother, corn, tobacco, vocables, drum, shot horn
Davenport, Linda Gilbert. Music Among the Contemporary Penobscot Indians. Master of Music Thesis. Urbana: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1977.
Ethnomusicology | Folklore | Oral History
Sappier, Teresa. 1976. “Green Corn Dance.” NA1055, CD832.1. Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, Raymond H. Fogler Special Collections Department, University of Maine.