The Navajo code-talkers in the Second World War are well-known, but not so terribly well known were their brothers the Sioux, and the similar contributions that they had made just twenty years earlier in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.
This is the story of Harry Crocker, a full-blooded Iroquois who lived in a house that was reserved for white people...
"Land of the Nakoda: The Story of the Assinibone Indians" was the brain child of the Montana WPA (Works Progress Administration), Writers Project. The book is a collection of tales as told by the tribe elders and transcribed by one other member for publication in book form and it is still in print today.
A short article on the topic Native American music and the studies of Alice Cunningham Fletcher (1838 - 1923), who had overseen a number of Native American archival recording sessions around the time this article appeared in print. Fletcher once wrote:
"We find more or less of it in Beethoven and Schubert, still more in Schumann and Chopin, most of all in Wagner and Liszt."
A foremost scholar in the field of Native American Music insisted that the American Indian had a guiding roll in the development of Rag Time:
"Most people instinctively assign it to the Negro; but the Indian also, according to Natalie Curtis Burlin (1875-1921), is to be credited with a hand in it. The syncopation, which is a predominant feature of all Rag Time,as she observes in 'The Craftsman', is an absolutely essential element in the songs of our North American Indians of many tribes."
Also discussed are the efforts of Geoffrey O'Hara to make the earliest recordings of Native American Music on behalf of the U.S. Library of Congress.