Kurath, Gertrude Prokosch.

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Gertrude Prokosch Kurath (1903-1992) was educated at Bryn Mawr College (MA, 1928, History of Art) and at the Yale University School of Drama (1929-1930). She received extensive training in music practice and theory, and in several systems of art dance as well as folk dancing, in Germany and the United States. From 1923-1946, she was an active teacher of modern dance, as a concert performer with the stage name Tula, and as a producer of pageants and dance dramas. In the mid-1940s, she turned her focus to the study of the American Indian dance. From 1949-1973, with the assistance of field research grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Museum of Canada, she studied among the Aztec, Otomi, Tarascan, and Yaqui Indians of Mexico, and the Iroquois, Cherokee, Ottawa, Chippewa, Menomini, Fox, Tewa, Keresan Indians of North America. In 1962, she founded the Dance Research Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

From the guide to the Ceremonial songs of the Tonawanda Seneca longhouse: tonal and rhythmic patterns and ritual functions [1936], Circa 1936, (American Philosophical Society)

From the guide to the Seneca music and dance style: songs and ceremonies of Coldspring longhouse [1951], Circa 1951, (American Philosophical Society)

From the guide to the Religious Customs of Modern Michigan Algonquians, 1955, 1955, (American Philosophical Society)

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creatorOf Seneca music and dance style: songs and ceremonies of Coldspring longhouse [1951], Circa 1951 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Songs and Dances of the Rural Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, 1953-1955 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Songs and Dances of Great Lakes Indians, 1952-1954, 1956 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Dell H. Hymes Papers, 1947-1992 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Dorson mss., 1925-1981 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Religious Customs of Modern Michigan Algonquians, 1955, 1955 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Phillips Fund for Native American Research Collection, 1960-present American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Keresan Recordings, 1957 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Tewa Recordings, 1957 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn American Council of Learned Societies Committee on Native American Languages, American Philosophical Society, 1882-1958 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Indian Language Field Recordings, Bulk, 1950-1954, 1941, 1945, 1948, 1950-1951, 1954, 1956-1957, 1962, 1964 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Fenton, William Nelson. William N. Fenton Papers. 1933-2000. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Senshare ceremony, 1964, 1964 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Observations on Michigan Indians, 1953-1967 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Ceremonial songs of the Tonawanda Seneca longhouse: tonal and rhythmic patterns and ritual functions [1936], Circa 1936 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Library. Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection. 1668-1983. American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Songs from Lac du Flambeau Reservation, Wisconsin, 1952, 1956 American Philosophical Society
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Klamath Indian Reservation (Or.)
Allegheny River (Pa. and N.Y.)
Subject
Indians of North America--New Mexico--Rites and ceremonies
Catholic Church--Hymns
Dance--Anthropological aspects--United States
San Juan Pueblo (N.M.)--Songs and music
Animals--Folklore
Buffalo dance
Indians of North America--Wisconsin--Music
Eastern Woodlands Indians
Algonquian Indians
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Cochiti dance
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Birth 1903-08-19

Death 1992-08-01

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