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The following Ghost Dance songs were recorded by James Mooney in August 1894. Working for the Smithsonian Institution, Mooney journeyed to the Western Plains from 1890 to 1891 to study the Ghost Dance ceremonies. His report, The Ghost Dance Religion and the Sioux Outbreak of 1890, was printed in the Smithsonian's fourteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology in 1896. In the introduction, Mooney acknowledges Emile Berliner and the Berliner Gramophone Company for recording the music and John Philip Sousa and F. W. V. Gaisberg for arranging it. It is unlikely that Mooney carted the heavy and cumbersome gramophone machine around the Great Plains. More likely is that Mooney performed the chants himself in the Berliner studio in Washington and that Sousa and Gaisberg transcribed the music.


Ghost Dance Song - Arapaho No. 1 (1894)


Ghost Dance Song - Arapaho No. 9 & 28 (1894)


Ghost Dance Song - Arapaho No. 44 & 45 (1894)


Ghost Dance Song - Arapaho No. 52 (1894)


Ghost Dance Song - Arapaho No. 73 (1894)


Ghost Dance Song - Caddo No. 2 (1894)


Ghost Dance Song - Caddo No. 15 (1894)


Ghost Dance Song - Commanche No. 1 (1894)


Ghost Dance Song - Kiowa No. 12 (1894)


Ghost Dance Song - Kiowa No. 15 (1894)


Kiowa Mescal Song / Daylight Song (1894)


Paiute Gambling Song / Ghost Dance Song - Arapaho No. 67 (1894)

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