Pow wows Part 3: Moving to the Beat of a Nation

Everybody Dance!

In 2002 I took a vacation in Hawaii. I wanted to go snorkeling and when I rented my goggles and snorkel I was given a plastic card with fish on it. All the fish were labeled with their Latin, English, and Hawaiian names. It was helpful since I had never encountered fish like that before it allowed me to identify them. I sometimes think that first time pow wow attendies should also get a card with the different dancers on them. So I am making a card for you. I am sorry it not laminated and waterproof but there are fewer types of dancers and reef fish on the Kona coast.

The traditional dancers.

This is a classic Male Northern Traditional Dancer. He is wearing a single bustle of eagle feathers. The headgear is called a porky roach and is made of porcupine guard hair and dear tail hair. The outfit is made of traditional materials of leather, cotton, wool, and taffeta. They wear short angora goat hide anklets and have bell sets or deer toe rattles around the ankles.

This is a Male Southern Straight Dancer. They do not wear the large feather bustles at the back. It is replaced by a long train of otter hide. The outfits generally have less leather and more cloth.

Straight dancers, like the northern traditional dancers are keepers of the traditions and the connection to our ancestors.


About ikcewicasa

Ikcewicasa means common man in Lakota. I guess that describes me. I am turning 40 next year. I have a college degree and I have a professional job. The blog is just random stuff. I try and keep most of my posts humorous in nature sprinkled with a bit of American Indian items, soundtracks (which I love), food (something I also love) and movies (when I have the money and time to go see them. so basically ramblings that rattle around in my mind. Hope you enjoy. Like what you read? comment and re post. don't like what you read, let me know as well. ALL STORIES ON THIS SITE ARE ABSOLUTELY TRUE... EXCEPT THE PARTS I MAKE UP!
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