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Lyr Req: Atacatanuba / Okkitokkiunga

01 Jun 07 - 03:27 PM (#2065944)
Subject: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba?
From: GUEST

Hi, I'm trying to remember the lyrics to an old girl scout song I learned at camp that sounded something like atacatanuba, though I'm not sure of the spelling. I believe it was an Alaskan song about a baby in a boat. Thanks!


01 Jun 07 - 10:51 PM (#2066231)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba?
From: Peace

This request ain't gonna go far unless someone knows the song. In the event no one does, what else do you recall? Where did you sing it (geographic location)? Any other of the song's content or story line, etc.


02 Jun 07 - 12:23 AM (#2066292)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba?
From: katlaughing

You might check in in this thread. More info would help, too.:-)


02 Jun 07 - 12:27 AM (#2066296)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba? Girl Scout song?
From: LadyJean

It sounds like the song I learned about a seal hunt. Is it an innuit song? I posted something about it, for a Christmas play that was supposed to be set in an innuit village.


02 Jun 07 - 03:29 AM (#2066333)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba? Girl Scout song?
From: Joe Offer

Hi -
I checked a number of different sources, mostly for songs ending in "uba," since I'd think we have the spelling of the ending right. We have two threads of songbooks that have been commonly used by scouts and camps. Check out:
You'll notice at at the top of those threads, there are links to other songbook indexes.
If you find this song, please let us know - and post the lyrics in this thread.
Good luck.
-Joe Offer-


02 Jun 07 - 08:53 AM (#2066454)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba? Girl Scout song?
From: Celtaddict

There was one I learned in Girl Scout Camp in Texas in about 1963 or 4. It involved hunting and rowing a kayak (with hand motions) and had a verse in English, with a chorus in non-English syllables. I am recalling it as 'osh-kosh-nunga' which actually may sound quite similar in song. Might this be the one?


02 Jun 07 - 03:19 PM (#2066648)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba? Girl Scout song?
From: artbrooks

This is Jenn--Art was a registered Girl Scout but he doesn't remember many songs.
In the Pacific Northwest in Girl Scouts we sang a "seal hunt" song similar to "Goin' on a Bear Hunt", except seals, you know, and the chorus was "Atcha Katcha Nuga, atcha katcha nuga, hey, neesa nay, neesa dona neesa day" and the verse (?!) was "Etcha katcha neesa wa-a-ter" twice. Can't remember any English words except the narrative about the seal hunt. I will ask my daughters if they remember any more than that. Does that bear any relationship to what you are looking for?
Once we get this one nailed down, I'm trying to remember all the words for the hiking chant that went "Tongo", "Jiminy by-by-oh"...


02 Jun 07 - 03:32 PM (#2066660)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba? Girl Scout song?
From: Celtaddict

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.


03 Jun 07 - 12:54 AM (#2066943)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba? Girl Scout song?
From: Joe Offer

Here's word from my sister, who has worked with Girl Scouts and scout songs since she was about seven:
    I know the song they're talking about, but it's not one I ever knew
    well. It seemed to turn up at about the time I was finishing up at
    Girl Scout camp. I thought it sounded more like, "Ah na ka na no a
    way,"
    but, as I said, I really have no idea. But I do remember
    gestures that had to do with paddling and shielding one's eyes while
    looking out over the water for something. Seals, I guess. I'll sing
    the melody for you when you're here, some night when I've had a good
    drink or two.
-Joe-


11 Sep 07 - 09:02 PM (#2146895)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba? Girl Scout song?
From: Relson

We used to sing an Eskimo hunting song at various camps (Girl Scouts, Campfire etc.) in the 50's and 60's that went like this-this a phonetic spelling someone gave me years ago but I have never seen the song in print.

Atakata nuva, atakata nuva,
Eee missah dee missah cula misah dee

Atakata nuva, atakata nuva,
Eee missah dee missah cula misah dee

Ex ecula misah nuva, ex ecula missah nuva

Atakata nuva, atakata nuva, Eee missah dee missah cula missah dee

various gestures accompanied it as you repeated the song-paddling, looking etc.


11 Sep 07 - 10:11 PM (#2146928)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba? Girl Scout song?
From: Peace

Atakata Nuva Eskimo hunting song

At-a-kat-a nu-va,
At-a-kat-a nu-va,
Ah mis-a-day, mis-a-do-mis-a-day.

Hex-a col-a-mis-a wa-ta,
Hex-a col-a-mis-a wa-ta,

At-a-kat-a nu-va,
At-a-kat-a nu-va,
Ah mis-a-day, mis-a-do-mis-a-day.



from


www.maigh.com/2007/02/07/my-indian-name/


11 Sep 07 - 10:14 PM (#2146929)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba? Girl Scout song?
From: Peace

"Claire Says:

January 5th, 2006 at 4:55 pm
This song is the title song in a book called "Okki-Tokki-unga" published in UK by A & C Black Ltd.

The words are written as follows:

Okki-tokki-unga, Okki-tokki-unga,
Hey, Missa Day, Missa Doh, Missa Day,

Okki-tokki-unga, Okki-tokki-unga,
Hey, Missa Day, Missa Doh, Missa Day

Hexa cola misha wani
Hexa cola misha wani
Hexa cola misha wani

The text next to the song says "The eskimo boy's adventures are mimed as the verses are sung."

the above is from a Google of

Mama Lisa's World Blog


11 Sep 07 - 10:22 PM (#2146933)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba? Girl Scout song?
From: Peace

Sheet music, too. Google

Action Songs 2 samples

Scroll down a page.


11 Sep 07 - 10:29 PM (#2146936)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba? Girl Scout song?
From: Peace

Performed on YOUTUBE--if it's the right song.


18 Jul 10 - 08:30 PM (#2947377)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba? Girl Scout song?
From: GUEST,kirs10ann

Is it possible you are looking for Madal'na catal'na?

Madalina Catalina Whoopastina Wilamina
Oopsy Doopsy Woopsy was her name
Madalina Catalina Whoopastina Wilamina
Oopsy Doopsy Woopsy was her name

She had two eyes that were in her head
One was yellow and the othr was red
Madalina Catalina Whoopastina Wilamina
Oopsy Doopsy Woopsy was her name

She had two teeth in her mouth
One pointed east and the other pointed south
Madalina Catalina Whoopastina Wilamina
Oopsy Doopsy Woopsy was her name

She had two birds on her shoe
One named Sam and the other named Sue
Madalina Catalina Whoopastina Wilamina
Oopsy Doopsy Woopsy was her name


19 Jul 10 - 01:04 AM (#2947429)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba? Girl Scout song?
From: Joe Offer

Seems like this song is usually referred to as Okkitokkiunga

There's "sheet music" in this PDF file. Also look here (click).

-Joe-


30 Aug 10 - 07:51 PM (#2976334)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba / Okkitokkiunga
From: GUEST,Paula C.

Isn't the oral tradition fun when trying to track down songs from
memory. Regional variations play havoc with trying to get words and melodies straight. I sang the Eskimo song in Scouts from TX to Minnesota to Oregon, each place had it a bit different.


31 Aug 11 - 02:14 AM (#3215693)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba / Okkitokkiunga
From: GUEST,Susie

I was looking for the same lyrics and ran across this website. Its funny how we "know" the song, but each of us remembers the words a bit differently. My momories, and they are phonetic:

Pepsi cola me sa waki. . .(then make a kind of grunting noise)unh
Pepsi cola me sa waki. . . unh
Pepsi cola me sa waki. . .

Aki daki dooma, aki daki dooma, hey diddle i diddle o diddle a
Aki daki dooma, aki daki dooma, hey diddle i diddle o diddle a

The "pepsi cola" part was done with your hand shading your eyes, looking for seals, or walrus', first with your right hand, then the left, then the right again, all in a sing-song voice. The grunting after the me sa waki part was you throwing a spear at whatever you were hunting!

The aki daki dooma part had your arms crossed in front of you, held at chest height, rocking them up and down, left right left right, then the hey diddle part you opened up your arms, then closed them, then opened, closed.

I never knew the whys and wherefores of this song. We just sang it and had a good time!!


21 Oct 14 - 03:55 PM (#3671078)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba / Okkitokkiunga
From: GUEST,soderbo

A wonderful hoax!

From Mama Lisa's Blog http://www.mamalisa.com/blog/enquiry-about-eskimo-or-native-american-indian-song/#comment-2710007

Some months ago I tried to ask the three authors of the book "Okki-tokki-unga", A&C BLACK, about "translation" but no answer so far.


21 Aug 15 - 10:40 PM (#3732262)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Atacatanuba / Okkitokkiunga
From: GUEST,cosmos42

Per artbrooks' request in this thread, "Once we get this one nailed down, I'm trying to remember all the words for the hiking chant that went "Tongo", "Jiminy by-by-oh"..."

Here's the version I know.


Tongo
(repeat song)

Tongo!
Jiminy bye-o bye-o
Tongo!
Oop da lay coom by o!
OO wa lay,
Mah le pah mah lee way!

Tarzan!
Swinging on a rubber band!
Tarzan!
Fell into a frying pan!
Oooh, that's hot!
Now Tarzan has a tan.

Jane!
Swinging on a candy cane! (or "Cruising in her air-o-plane")
Jane!
Fell into a traffic lane!
Oooh, it hurts!
Now poor Jane has no brain. (or "Now poor Jane has a pain.")

Cheetah!
Fell in love with Rita! (or "Had a friend named Rita")
Rita!
Rita was an alligator!
Ooo, that's bad!
Now poor Cheetah is meatah!

Cheetah!
Fell in love with (insert name)!
(insert name)!
Fell in love with Cheetah!
Oooh, that's great!
Now Cheetah has a date.
Now (insert name) has a date!
Now when's the wedding date?

(repeat first verse, echoing the last line quieter and quieter