I'hare!

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SATB and orchestra (1111,1100,perc,timp,pno,strings)

The Pawnee invocation "I'hare!" calls the community into a place of awareness and reverence. This vivid and atmospheric work, modeled after the ancient Hako ceremony, honors those sacred Powers which give and sustain life.

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Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
SEA-074-00
Duration: 
12:00
Commissioned By: 
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Durham, NC
Premiere
Premiere Conductor: 
Kevin Badanes
Performances: 

Minnesota Center Chorale and Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota; J. Michele Edwards, conductor. Saint Cloud, MN
Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; Kevin Badanes, conductor. Durham, NC

Text
Text Author or Source: 
Pawnee text, adapted
Language: 
English
Text: 

"I'hare!"
Text source: Pawnee Hako Ceremony
Documented by Alice C. Fletcher
Lyric distilled by composer Elizabeth Alexander

I'hare!
Remember the circle of the Great Blue Sky (1), source of all that brings us life:
Ever-breathing Winds (2), Mighty Father Sun (3), Bountiful Earth (4),
Creatures and Plants which give us life (5), and Water (6).

I'hare!
Consider the sacredness of spaces,
The Consecrated Ground (7) where we go to pray,
The Blessed Land (8) where we build our dwellings,
The Shelter (9) which keeps our children free from harm,
The Hearth (10) whose Glowing Coals (11) and Leaping Flames (12) give forth the Sacred Fire.
The Passageway (13) of all that is holy, through which we travel all of our days.

I'hare!
Revere those who nurture and sustain: Brown Mother Eagle (14) and White Mother Corn (15).
Remember everything which gives long life to us and to our children, who are our strength and our future.
We hold this in our hearts as our prayers (16) returns to the sky.
I'hare.

Lyric adapted by composer Elizabeth Alexander from Alice C. Fletcher's 1904 documentation of "The Hako: a Pawnee Ceremony"