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326                  MUSIC OF THE WATEBS.
THE INDIANS OF NORTH-WEST AMERICA.
Amongst the many and varied kinds of music and song-verses that have come under my notice since I entered upon the task of collecting the " Music of the Waters," there is no specimen of notation that has struck me as being so entirely original, and, if I may use the word, so comical, as those of the Indians, as described by Max Miiller in the chapter devoted to the " Popol Vuk," in the first volume of his " Chips from a German Workshop." I mean the war-songs and love-songs in the picture-writing, and which were really supposed to be perfectly intelligible to all the tribes. What should we, enlightened mortals of this nineteenth century, make of the following, for instance ?
i. Figure representing a god [inonedd) endowed with magic power.
2.  Figure beating the drum and singing; lines from his mouth.
3.  Figure surrounded by a secret lodge.
4.  Two bodies joined with one continuous arm.
5.  A woman on an island.
6.  A woman asleep ; lines from his ear towards her.
7.  A red heart in a circle.







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