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uguna native american style flutes - some sample scores

Here are a few scores that I’ve transcribed for the flute using the tablature devised by R Carlos Nakai. They are in the uguna flutes soing book. Clicking on the title – or the equivalent if you’re using Windows – should download a PDF-format file to your download area. The scores are protected by copyright in this form.

Please remember that these songs have great spiritual significance; they should be played respectfully and with full acknowledgement of their origin.

White Buffalo Maiden Song
The Lakota have a legend describing how White Buffalo Maiden – Ptesan-wi - came to them to give the Sacred Pipe and to pass on knowledge about how the People – and particularly the women and girls – should conduct themselves, and to instruct them in how to live in harmony with the Buffalo people. This song celebrates her visit, her gift of the Sacred Pipe, and her wisdom.

Song of the Pretended Search
A very important rite associated with the White Buffalo Maiden was the Alo’wanpi – ‘he sings for another’ - ceremony, in which a girl, wrapped in a white buffalo-skin robe, was adopted by a second father. The Lakota culture places enormous significance on parenthood and its responsibilities and the adoptive father – or itan’can - started his guardianship by pretending to search for the girl’s dwelling. He and his attendants looked through the village, singing this song with the words, ‘Eca tukte tipi so’ – I wonder where her dwelling is – and found the girl’s family tipi at the fourth attempt.

Ceremonial Song
The ceremony was completed by the itan’can presenting his adoptive daughter - hun’ka - to the six sacred directions – the sky above, the earth below, and then west, north, east and south. The final phrase in this tune echoes that in the Song of the Pretended Search.

Those Hills I Trod Upon
This is a traditional Teton Lakota song, one of those collected by Frances Densmore early in the twentieth century. For anyone who has one of my CDs with scores on, this is a corrected version of the mess I made first time round.



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