Work Papers of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota Session

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Cuicateco Indian tribe




Excerpts: "The Cuicateco Indians of Mexico are a tribe without songs, yet they are known as the singing people. The tribal language is a tonal one with many word couplets, triplets and quadruplets which sound alike except for a difference in the tone. To put Cuicateco words to existing tunes in other languages would be a total loss since the music would mar the meaning so much that it could not be understood."

"To compose songs in Cuicateco the relativity of the tones on the words must be preserved in the music."

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