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Hethu'shka dancer at the Neptune Plaza, Library of Congress
Hethu'shka dancer at the Neptune Plaza, Library of Congress, August 22, 1985. Photo by John Gibbs.


The American Folklife Center's collections include rich and unique recordings of Nebraska's native traditions. Represented in these recordings are Omaha and Ponca songs and flute melodies. The Center collaborated with the Omaha tribe in the production of an LP and a cassette containing samples of the early cylinder recordings of their music. From 1983 to 1986, Center staff documented the annual powwows of the Omaha tribe.


National Sampler Project: Selections from Nebraska Collections: Listen to audio recordings and view photographs. Learn more about the National Sampler Project.

Finding Aid: View a complete list of our Nebraska collections.

Local Legacies: This project provides a "snapshot" of local culture as it was expressed in the year 2000. View Nebraska's Local Legacies projects.

Veterans History Project: Browse state collections from the Veterans History Project.

Songs of America: Browse an interactive state map for selected songs from the American Folklife Center’s collections, as well as songs from the Library’s Music Division and Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

Online Presentation: Omaha Indian Music features traditional Omaha music from the 1890s and 1980s.


The River Boys Polka Band: Dutch Hop Polka music from Nebraska. Recorded June 21, 2006. [webcast and event flyer]

Additional Resources

Educational Resources: View a list of educational materials related to Nebraska from A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources.

Folklife Resources: Find state folklife-related agencies, societies, archives, higher education programs, and more, in Folklife Sourcebook: A Directory of Folklife Resources in the United States.

Publication: "American Indian Powwow," Folklife Annual 1987. [catalog record]

Published Recording: Omaha Indian Music, Library of Congress L71. [audiocassette] [liner notes]


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