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By Helen Addison Howard

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It represented the female element and led in the ceremony because the Pawnee believed that life first took form through the female. The stem was painted blue, which symbolized the sky, the dwelling place of the powers; and the paint was made from blue clay mixed with running water, which symbolized the continuation of life through successive generations. Another feathered stem, carried by the Ku'rahus's assistant, represented the male principle; it was painted green to symbolize Toharu, the vegetation which covered Mother Earth, and was a gift from Tira'wa, the power above.

In "The Morning Star," 38 repetitions occur in both t h e first and third stanzas, and the second and the fourth stanzas, which I have italicized for clarity: I Oh, Morning Star, for thee we watch! Dimly comes thy light from distant skies; We see thee, then lost art thou. Morning Star, thou bringest life to us. II Oh, Morning Star, thy form we see! - Clad in shining garments dost thou come, Thy plume touched with rosy light. Morning Star, thou now art vanishing. 34 AMERICAN INDIAN POETRY 39 The New-Born Dawn III Oh, youthful Dawn, for thee we watch!

After a series of westward movements, they reached Indian Territory in 1867, and incorporated with t h e Cherokee. Another group of homeless Delaware affiliated with the C a d d o and Wichita in western Oklahoma. 4 9 T h e Delaware and their Algonquian family tribesmen gave many words to the English language. 50 One early writer has stated that this once admirable, proud nation was reduced from 50,000 to 770 persons in 1886. 51 It is small w o n d e r that little remains of their poetry. A fragment from the Walam Olum is quoted here as an example of the saga element in Indian song literature.

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