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T h u s , much of "The H a k o " ritual relates to t h e earth lodges. II Summary of "The Hako" T h e ritual drama of "The H a k o " has been likened to a Medieval miracle play, for t h e ceremony emphasized, on the one hand, man's dependence on the supernatural for all the gifts of life, and on the other hand, his dependence on the family tie for the gifts of peace and happiness. The specific teachings were reserved for the Son [one of the persons in the play]. These began in the ritual to the Dawn (tenth ritual) on the morning of the second and third days, which prefigured the secret ceremonies of the fifth morning, when the bond of the family relation was extended beyond blood kinship through the symbolic rites which recognized the common source of life in Tira'wa atius [the Master of Life, or the Supreme Being].

A branch of the Algonquian family, they now reside on reservations in Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Kansas. The Chippewa originally inhabited a region of dense forests, numerous lakes and streams. They lived in rectangular, barkcovered houses in summer, and depended on dugouts or birch bark canoes for traveling the waterways to fish and to hunt caribou. During the cold winter months, the Chippewa found shelter in dome-shaped bark lodges. When lakes and rivers froze over, they traveled about on snowshoes.

T h e most interesting love song of the collection, in Densmore's opinion, is "My Love Has Departed" 1 7 which was told her by an aged Chippewa woman. This poem suggests a longing for a loved one who "has gone on before"—who has preceded t h e singer to d e a t h : I A loon I thought it was But it was My love's splashing oar. II To Sault Ste. Marie He has departed. My love Has gone on before me Never again Can I see him. Densmore says that this song is an "example of a common form of Chippewa songs, in which the first and last parts are alike, 64 AMERICAN INDIAN POETRY the middle section differing slightly and often being the only part in which words occur.

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