Indian Squaw (2)

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X:1 T:Indian Squaw [2] T:Two Little Indians and One Old Squaw N:From the playing of Knott County, east Kentucky, fiddler Hiram Stamper (1893-1991), N:recorded in the field in 1986 by Bob Butler M:C| L:1/8 N:Play with some 'swing' R:Reel D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/content/two-little-indians-and-one-old-squaw Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G B2-d2 d2d2|d2 d=f- e2d2|[G,3G3]A B2d2|d2de d2B2|A2G2 (D2 EF)| D8|B2dd dd d2-|d2 fd e2d2|B2-Bd (3BdB AA| G2 AB A2G2E3c| BGAG GB3|A2G2E2c2|(3BcB AG GGBG- |D2E2 {E}[G,3G3]B| BGAG EE [GB]A|G2 AG EE ([Ec]A)|(3BcB AG GGBG- |D2E2 (G,G3)|[M:2/4] G4||



INDIAN SQUAW [2]. AKA - "Two Little Indians and One Old Squaw." AKA and see "Banks of the Arkansas." American, Reel (cut time). G Major. GDad tuning (fiddle). AB. Some similarities to Alva Greene's version (see "Indian Squaw (1)"). Hiram Stamper's [1] (1883-1992) archaic version apparently was derived from a song. Stamper whistled to the 'B' part of the tune, and sang to the 'A' part:

Way down yonder on the Arkansas,
Two old Indians and one old squaw,
Sitting on the banks of the Arkansas.

Jeff Titon (2001) finds nearly the same lyric in a song called "Bank of the Arkansas (The)" printed in Lomax and Lomax's Our Singing Country (1941, pp. 68-69), although Titon says tune that appears with that song is the same as that of Clyde Davenport's "Cornstalk Fiddle and a Shoestring Bow."

Hiram Stamper
See also Missouri fiddler Bill Graves' "One Old Indian Two Old Squaws." See also Bruce Greene's version of Stamper's tune, as "Banks of the Arkansas."


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Hiram Stamper (Hindman, Knott County, Ky., 1986), from an older fiddler, Shade Sloan [Milliner-Koken, Titon].

Printed sources : - Clare Milliner & Walt Koken (Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes), 2011; p. 680. Titon (Old-Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes), 2001; No. 69C, p. 99.

Recorded sources : - BG-CD1, Bruce Greene – “Five Miles of Ellum Wood” (1996. Learned from Hiram Stamper).

See also listing at :
Hear Stamper's 1986 field recording by Bob Butler at Berea Sound Archives [2] and at Slippery Hill [3]



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