22 open reel recordings of approximately 17 hours of Native American music in native languages.
Gift of Frank Andrews (collector), 2002 with notes by Earl Fenner, 2003. Processed by Mark G. Thiel, CA (Certified Archivist), 2003 and converted to CD, 2007.
Frank Andrews (1937-) was a collector of Native American music with a lifelong interest in Native performing arts. Andrews lived in New York City to 1980 when he retired out of state. Previously, during the 1950s-1960s, he was involved in organizing Indian-themed performances through the Boy Scouts, Boy's Cubs, and the Monroe (New York) Powwow. In so doing, he became friends with R.D. Theisz and others and he engaged Indian cultural experts from the West who had relocated to New York after World War II. For several years, Andrews worked for Plume Trading Company, a mail order source of Native American regalia supplies.
During the 1950s, Andrews became a friend of Rubin Jacobs, a Dakota [Lakota] Indian who taught Dakota [Lakota] language at Rutgers University, New Jersey, and performed Dakota songs under the name, "Chief Sunrise". Jacobs was a great-grandson of Sitting Bull who was raised on the Crow Creek Reservation, Fort Thompson, South Dakota, where his family members were known as good singers and keepers of traditional life ways.
In 1966, Andrews began to spend his summer vacations with Lakota and associated non-Indian friends at their invitation who had moved from New York City to South Dakota. They included R.D. Theisz, who then taught at Sinte Gleska College and South Dakota State University (Spearfish), and several Oglala and Brule or Sicangu Dakota [Lakota] Indians who returned to their native Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations. Among them were Severt Young Bear, Sr. and the Porcupine Singers, a prominent powwow drum group with whom Andrews traveled to powwow celebrations throughout the Northern and Southern Plains. Andrews is noted in Standing in the Light: A Lakota Way of Seeing by Severt Young Bear and R.D. Theisz, University of Nebraska Press, 1994.
The songs originated from the (Northern) Cheyenne, Cree, Crow, and Dakota [Lakota dialect] Indians of Montana and South Dakota and the, Creek, Comanche, Osage, and Ponca Indians of Oklahoma. Several have no identified tribal affiliation. Most were performed at powwow celebrations or in private homes. At least in part, the recordings in box 1 reels 1-4 and box 2 reels 9, 17-22 are copies of originals, which were re-recorded by the collector.
The collection includes several Dakota [Lakota] popular songs from the 1920s-1930s, which are performed by Rubin Jacobs. Jacobs is also included in the photographs as are two of his friends, both non-Indians.