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by Ernest Thompson Seton

(Note: For this use the Corn Grinding Song, page 1, "Songs of Ancient America," by Natalie Curtis, published by G. Schirmer, New York: 

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or the Zuni Sunrise Call, Carlos Troyer, at the same place.)

1. Enter marching holding up corn-cob in one hand. Form complete circle facing fire.

2. Stop, raise both hands, and sing the Omaha Call

3. Hop-step around twice, corn in hand.

4. Face fire-four steps in, four steps around self to right, and four steps back. (Indian whoop.)

5. Backs to fire repeat No. 4. After Indian whoop face fire.

6. Odd numbers dance four steps to fire, holding up corn. Bend, offering corn to fire in four beats-four steps back.

7. Even numbers repeat No. 6.

8. Sit, husking corn to singing of Chek ah bay tebik, (Bark Canoe) then shelling corn to same song. They throw husks into fire and rise.

9. Hold up corn in hands and sing Zuni Sunrise Call. Go once around in march step and march out.

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