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Love Song, Little Seal

Ida Halpern recorded Bily Assu performing this song at his home in Cape Mudge - Weḵa'yi. Chief Assu commented on the song: "Love Song 100 years ago. G̱uła̱las. Campbell River (Wiweḵ̕a̱m. The widow sings and asks the seal how soon will she be married and the seal immediately disappeared which means she will be married very quickly. If not the head would be still over water to be seen. Chief Assu called it "One of the 1st Cape Mudge songs."

Interview with Ida Halpern

Philip Lamarche interviews Ida Halpern about her work recording and studying the ceremonial songs of First Nations societies on the West Coast of British Columbia. Halpern relates how she undertook her project to record First Nations' traditional music with a description of her first agreement to record Chief Billy Assu.