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38                 INDIAN GAMES AND DANCES
2 Now to the field we hie, Where stands the corn so high, Calling us thither; Calling us thither, First-fruits to cull and bring Our sacred offering
To great Wakon'da, Giver of Corn.
The seven leaders, at the beginning of the first line of the second stanza, slowly fall into line and with deliber­ate rhythmic steps move toward the " field," reaching it by the fifth line, and while singing that line they should pick up the cornstalks and hold them, with their hands draped with their green mantles, high to the front.
At the close of the first stanza the other group of dancers should resume a dumb show of speaking to one another until the third line of the second stanza, when they change their attitude and give attention; at the fourth line they join in the song, and at the fifth move toward the "field" where are the seven leaders. By the close of the second stanza all the dancers should be in one group at the "field."
All the dancers stand there at the "field" a moment in silence. Then the seven leaders sing the introduc­tion to the following Processional Song:
Song No. 2 Introduction: Follow Mother Corn,
Who breathes forth life!
Chorus: HA-ti-ra, H'A-ti-ra, HA-ti-ra, A-ti-ra, HA-ti-ra, A-ti-ra, HA-ti-ra, A-ti-ra, A-ti-ra, HA-ti-ra, A-ti-ra.
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