Chippewa Girl, The [Laws H10]
DESCRIPTION: The singer sees a pretty Chippewa girl and proposes marriage. She refuses him, saying she is too young and her parents would not approve. The two part amicably, with the singer making a few general remarks about marriage
EARLIEST DATE: 1928 (Mackenzie)
KEYWORDS: Indians(Am.) courting family marriage
FOUND IN: US(MW) Canada(Mar,Newf)
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Laws H10, "The Chippewa Girl"
Beck 45, "The Chippewa Girl" (1 text)
Leach-Labrador 94, "Chippawa Girl" (1 text, 1 tune)
Mackenzie 54, "The Chippewa Stream" (1 text, 1 tune)
DY 705, CHIPGIRL
cf. "The Braes of Strathblane" (words, theme and references there)
NOTES: The Leach-Labrador version is "The Braes of Strathblane" relocated to "the Chippewa stream." The difference between Laws H10 and Braes of Strablane is that Laws [does not in his description include the ending -- found] in Leach-Labrador and Mackenzie -- in which the girl is finally rejected.
Mackenzie -- with its change of mind by both parties -- strengthens the argument that this is just "Braes of Strathblane" relocated. My earlier thought that Laws had not seen such a version is demonstrated to be false; Mackenzie is one of his two sources for H10.
See D.K. Wilgus, "A Type-Index of Anglo-American Traditional Narrative Songs," Folklore Institue Journal, v. 7:2/3 (1970:Aug./Dec.), [Copyright (c) 2006 ProQuest Information and Learning Company, Copyright (c) Indiana University Press], p. 168 which considers "The Braes of Strathblane" to be the parent of "The Chippewa Girl." - BS
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