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example 8-3. Navaho Indian Enemy Way ceremony song, from David P. McAllester, Enemy Way Music (Cambridge, Mass.: Peabody Museum Papers 49, no. 3, 1954), song no. 35.
and the Eastern Woodland tribes such as the Menomini, Chippewa, and Winnebago, shares the main traits of the Plains, but adds some characteristic ones of its own. Typically the Plains songs do not have strongly pronounced metric units, nor are repeated rhythmic pat­terns or motifs usually evident. Among the tribes to the east, how­ever, repeated rhythmic motifs can be identified, and a good many songs have elements of isorhythmic form—a rhythmic pattern is re­peated several times, with different melodic content each time. Of course, this practice is also found here and there among the typical Plains tribes. Example 8-4 presents an Arapaho song.
6) The eastern portion of the United States and Southern Canada may be considered as one musical area, although it is only sporadically known. Perhaps the most distinctive feature is the de-

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