MUSIC, SONGS, FEASTS
repeating cries that sounded like a Sough, sough sough,a and then a Chaep, chaep, chaep.a This was repeated some six or eight times, and at the same time they made a deep curtsey once to every drum-beat Then the arms dropped to the sides, and the body was turned from side to side (from the hips upwards) the arms being allowed to swing round loosely with it, once to every beat of time; at the same time a deep curtsey was made as before; this being repeated about six times. This had a very pretty effect, as it was done by a graceful swaying movement. After this they stood still (with the exception of the curtseying), and placing one arm akimbo, held out the other with the palm open, and in time to the drum the forearm was turned so as to present the hand with the palm alternately upwards and downwards with a very slight but at the same time graceful movement, continued till the end of the song.1
In the same connection, Hale says that each lin4 (or word) was first chanted by the leader of the song and then repeated in chorus by the rest. Most of the expressions used were, however, well known to them, and they often picked up the words to some; extent as they went along.2
Words of the Songs.
Apart from the words of the song given by Hale*
1 Hale, p. 299. De la Croix, in a Croix, p. 339). Cp. also Brau de
similar account, adds, aAt times the Saint-Pol Lias, pp. 269-271. musical phrase dies away only to revive 2 Hale, p. 299. Hale adds frbaft %
suddenly and terminate in a long-drawn similar invocation or aprayera was
howl which is lost in the night. The addressed to the Spirits of the Forest,
wild and profound poetry of the per- the mountains, the rivers, and the wind,
formance produced a captivating effect the Spirits of Ancestors, the Spirits of
in the midst of the great forest sur- Disease, the Spirits of Wickedness, and
rounding us on every side a (De la Trouble of all kinds (Hale, p. 300).rounding us on every side a (De la Trouble of all kinds (Hale, p. 300).