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Music enveloped the Indian's individual and social life like an atmosphere. There was no im­portant personal experience where it did not bear a part, nor any ceremonial where it was not essential to the expression of religious feeling. The songs of a tribe were coextensive with the life of the people.
This universal use of music was because of the belief that it was a medium of communication be­tween man and the unseen. The invisible voice could reach the invisible power that permeates all nature, animating all natural forms. As success depended upon help from this mysterious power, in every avocation, in every undertaking, and in every ceremonial, the Indian appealed to this power through song. When a man went forth to hunt, that he might secure food and clothing for his fam­ily, he sang songs to insure the assistance of the unseen power in capturing the game. In like man­ner, when he confronted danger and death, he sang that strength might be given him to meet his fate unflinchingly. In gathering the healing herbs and in administering them, song brought the required
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