By Helen Addison Howard
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After the Ku'rahus began singing the songs appropriate to the act of preparing the holy articles, everyone present had to remain seated in place. 7 The first thing to be made was the feathered stem carried by the Ku'rahus. 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.
Extensive use of sense imagery and the imagery of comparison. c. Extreme economy of expression. 2. Minor qualities of Indian verse are humor, pathos, satire. The predominantly intellectual quality is largely lacking. 3. The characteristic qualities are imaginative, aesthetic and emotional in type. Their aspects are concreteness, rhythm, beauty, compactness, sincerity. The last aspect is a notable expression of the great religious motive which is dominant in all forms of native verse. 55 40 AMERICAN INDIAN POETRY Miss Barnes also finds that the factors influencing Indian song literature are spiritual quality, observation of nature, imagination, symbolism, and sense of beauty.
Youthful Dawn, thou now art vanishing. This pattern of interlacing design of "thought-rhythm" is the most graceful and most difficult form. It is used for narrative and descriptive purposes. " 4 0 VII More Construction Peculiarities Several other peculiarities of construction exist in Indian verse. " This variation in length of lyric and ritual verses is because the ceremonials could continue for days. Since all Indian poetic expression was oral, certain demands were m a d e on the poet to mark off stanzas.
American Indian Poetry (Twayne's United States authors series ; TUSAS 334) by Helen Addison Howard