(O Elder Waiari)
(Snap, Snap Fingers)
(The Waters of Lake Rotorua)
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Here are two mother themed poems by Lola Ridge (1873 – 1941). I’m posting these now since we’re so close to Mothers Day… Mama Mama’s face is smooth and pale as tea-rose leaves. That ivory oval of aunt Gem you sucked the miniature off had black black hair like mama. : [...]
E Papä Waiari is a song and a stick game played in New Zealand. John Archer, of the site New Zealand Folk Song, wrote me, “Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world learn the Maori stick tossing song ‘E Papa Waiari’.” According to his site, this is a stick game [...]
Heather was nice enough to send me a few recordings of some American children’s songs that she did. She sent me mp3’s of the following songs: I’m Popeye the Sailor Man (Spoof) Don’t Put Your Trash in My Backyard/Fish and Chips and Vinegar Animal Fair Home on the Range/Oh [...]
Leah wrote: Hi. I remember singing the chicken dance, as a young child, but can’t remember the words. I think the start went “Kapu kapu, ringa ringa, paki paki…” but am unsure how it finishes. Could you help me? Thanks, Leah If anyone can help with this song, please comment [...]
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