Menominee Love Songs and Lullabies

Frances Densmore visited the Menominee in the 1920's.  She was a renowned ethnomusicologist associated with the Smithsonian. Using wax cylinder technology, she recorded numerous love songs and lullabies played by traditional Menominee elders.  Densmore wrote and published the musical scores in a Bureau of American Ethnology volume.  Robert Messner, a professional flutist and Oneida elder, played and recorded the music on a traditional Indian flute in 2004.

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