Menominee Portrait Dedication & Frechette Memorial

Honoring and Thanking Robert Messner

By Mike Hoffman

In the years 1925, 1928 and 1929 the recordings of songs done at Keshena, Neopit, and Zoar on the Menominee Reservation here in Wisconsin were the work of Frances Densmore for the Smithsonian Institution’s Bureau of American Ethnology. 

Some of the music was flute music, love songs and lullabies.  As far as we can tell these lullabies and love songs recorded lay dormant on paper until now.

Fortunately, the Menominee Clans Committee was able to locate an Oneida Elder and accomplished musician capable of transposing these song into the key of his wooden traditional flute. 

This man graciously recorded on CD this music for our appreciation today.  These songs can be found on the Menominee Clans Story Website.

Now, let me introduce to you, Mr. Robert Messner . . .