Princess Watahwaso

Lucy Nicolar Poolaw (June 22, 1882 – March 27, 1969), also called Wa-Tah-Wa-So and billed as Princess Watahwaso, was a Penobscot and a performer on the Chautauqua and lyceum circuits.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 22nd, 1882 (Penobscot County), Died March 27th, 1969 (Penobscot County)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: mezzo-soprano

Notes: Princess Watahwaso was the stage name of Lucy Nicolar, a Penobscot Native American. A brochure describing her traveling show can be found here.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-21014 10-in. 10/30/1917 By the waters of Minnetonka Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, with piano and flute vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Victor B-21015 10-in. 10/30/1917 Aooah Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, with piano and flute vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Victor BVE-21015 10-in. 1/27/1930 Aooah Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, with piano and flute vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Victor B-21016 10-in. 10/30/1917 By the weeping waters Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, with piano and flute vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Victor BVE-21016 10-in. 1/27/1930 By the weeping waters Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, with piano and flute vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Victor B-21017 10-in. 10/30/1917 A Sioux serenade Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, with piano and flute vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Victor B-21018 10-in. 10/30/1917 Four Penobscot tribal songs Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, unaccompanied vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Victor BVE-21018 10-in. 1/27/1930 Four Penobscot tribal songs Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Victor B-21019 10-in. 10/30/1917 Two Indian songs Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, with piano and flute vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Victor B-24181 10-in. 6/25/1920 The doe-skin blanket Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, with flute and piano vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Victor B-24182 10-in. 6/25/1920 Lover's wooing Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, with piano and tom-tom vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Victor B-25302 10-in. 5/16/1921 Apache medicine chant Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, with piano and rattle vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Victor B-25303 10-in. 5/16/1921 Invocation to the sun-god Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Victor B-25933 10-in. 1/5/1922 Her shadow Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Victor B-25934 10-in. 1/5/1922 Indian spring bird Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, with piano and flute vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Victor B-25939 10-in. 1/6/1922 The robin woman Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Victor BVE-58624 10-in. 1/27/1930 Her shadow Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Victor BVE-Test-691 10-in. 1/6/1930 Her shadow Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, mezzo-soprano  
Victor [Trial 1917-10-23-02] Not documented 10/23/1917 By the waters of Minnetonka Princess Watahwaso Female vocal solo, with piano and flute vocalist, mezzo-soprano  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Watahwaso, Princess," accessed September 22, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115822.

Watahwaso, Princess. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 22, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115822.

"Watahwaso, Princess." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 September 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115822

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