Grayhorse Singers -- Gourd Talkers/Sound of America Records
Published in Albuquerque, New Mexico by Sound of America
This collection of music from the Kiowa Gourd Dance was
recorded by one of the best Kiowa Drums (group of singers and the drum around
which they sing). It has very significant songs from the relatively limited
repertoire of Kiowa Gourd Dance music and includes one Buffalo dance.
Kiowa Gourd Dances
This is a beautiful recording of significant music in the
Kiowa Tia Piah Tradition -- the music of the Gourd dance. Re-established after
the Second World War, the Gourd Dance has been given by the Kiowa to many other
Nations and now serves as an intertribal veterans dance. The Kiowa Gourd Clan,
Kiowa Tia Piah Society, and the Tia Piah Society of Oklahoma all use this style
of song in their celebrations each Fourth of July. There is no attached documentation,
but information on the Gourd dance is available in Kiowa Voices.
The included text is appropriate for some junior high and
most high school students.