School-based music seems to be something popping into my head with alarming regularity of late. Blogging about it is a useful way of brain-dumping and hoping that these songs of yore stop echoing around my head. Apologies if they are now echoing around yours. I’ve graduated from Primary School in this latest reminisce, and now find myself firmly ensconced in Secondary School circa 1989 or 1990 ish.
We do a subject called ‘Integrated Studies’ which is a mish-mash of Geography, History and Social Sciences – and for much of this period we are absolutely fixated on the Rainforest. We even create a Rainforest-like environment in the school area devoted to the subject, complete with buttressed trees and extensive foliage everywhere.
In quite well joined-up learning, as well as more factual based learning about the Rainforest area a musical interlude is also incorporated. A well-meaning but ultimately quite patronising expose on the treatment of the Amazonian tribes people as us Westerners do what we do best and strip the assets from a place with little care nor thought for the longevity of the area.
I’ve actually found reference to it too – although details are scarce – the musical was called ‘Yanomamo’ – ostensibly one of the tribe names (it is actually a tribal word meaning ‘human’ or ‘man’ and not a name as such at all). The bit that sticks in my head isn’t listed much on the internet at all, and since it involves the supposed names of different Amazon tribes – I’m almost certainly going to spell them incorrectly… but this is how it sits in my head phonetically at least…
‘We are the Forest people,
The Forest is our store
blah blah blah blah blah blah
blah blah blah hidden lore
Yano-mamo, Mayo-luno, Too-cana, Moo-raaah,
Yano-mama, Yano-mami, Ticanus, Ai-ee-caaa’
Of course, as young Forest fans (as in the football team), it was with much gusto we were able to join in with a lusty rendition of ‘we are the Forest people!’. I can also recall some kind of video accompaniment, with particular recollection of a solo song sung by a girl about a lonely Jaguar. That went “Jaguar-uar-uar-uar”… which led to much “Oooh Aaar” farmer based humour. Sophisticated people that we were.
Details, such as I could find, are here. I must admit I’m not curious enough about it to go to the lengths of buying a songbook – I can’t believe I can’t find much by the way of definitive lyrics to all the songs though! I’m not really sure why I feel compelled to do so either…!