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Thread #102109   Message #2066660
Posted By: Celtaddict
02-Jun-07 - 03:32 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba / Okkitokkiunga
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba? Girl Scout song?
Jenn, we are surely thinking of the same; a verse to a markedly different melody and tempo I was recalling as sounding like 'etchee kola nishi wanna' and I am sure it is what you are recalling.
And I am registered as both a Girl Scout and a Boy Scout. The best assistant Girl Scout leader I ever had the pleasure to work with was a man whose daughters were in the troop; his wife was a scientist and he was a full-time dad. My BSA uniform has the patch identifying me as a Scoutmaster because there was no way I was going to answer to Scoutmistress.
Anyway, the osh-kosha-noonga part was sung briskly with paddling motions, and the 'etchee-kola-nishi-waa-naa' was sung more slowly to only two notes (A-A-A-A-A-A-A-F) and accompanied by different hand motions imitating the hunt, starting with shading the eyes and looking around; the English lines to the same [chant] were along the lines of 'this is how we hunt the beaver' and 'this is how we chase the beaver' (which reminds me that it was neither bear nor seal in the Texas version, though the chasing of a beaver is an intriguing mental image) though now I have a picture of an otter in mind as I try to think of the other verses.