The gourd dance and gourd dance rattles

The Gourd Dance is not an intertribal or competition “Pow Wow Style” of dance. Gourd Dances are held regularly by several groups especially in Oklahoma. Today the dance is being done at some Pow Wows before, after, and between intertribal dancing.

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Anishnawbe Four Directions Song

Lyrics and English translation of Anishnawbe Four Directions Song. The video lyrics are in the native language. …Anishnawbe Four Directions Song »»

Kiowa Gourd Dance Society history and traditions

A Kiowa gentleman explains about how the Kiowa Gourd Dance Society began, who is allowed to join this society, and the Kiowa Gourd Dance Society traditions. …Kiowa Gourd Dance Society history and traditions »»

Hoop Dance

In Anishinaabe culture, a Manitou named Pukawiss, brother of Nanabozho, and born to live amongst the people, created the hoop dance. …Hoop Dance »»

Owl Dance

The Owl Dance is performed by couples to the beat of a hand drum. It is performed at social events and all ages participate. …Owl Dance »»

Old Style Side Step Jingle Dance

The story of the Jingle Dress Dance begins in Whitefish Bay, a reserve village located on the shores of Lake of the Woods in southwestern Ontario. Small and isolated, it is a Native community where traditional values and sensibilities can still flourish. …Old Style Side Step Jingle Dance »»

The Crow Hop

A unique form of dancing which has developed within the Indian culture is the Crow Hop. It has also been called the Skip Dance and the Jump Dance. …The Crow Hop »»

The Round Dance

The Round Dance was in earlier times known as The Dance of the Slain. Women were the main performers of this dance, which allowed them to show their pride and mourning at the same time. …The Round Dance »»

Team Pow Wow Dancers

Team Dancing is another relatively new addition to the pow wow celebration. Generally, three or four members who make up a team all dance in the same style. They must synchronize their steps. Team Dancers are judged on their synchronization, their outfits, how well they look together and how well their steps are put together. …Team Pow Wow Dancers »»

Cherokee Butterfly Legend

Some say the modern day Pow Wow competition dance known as the Ladies Fancy Shawl Dance has its roots in a ceremonial dance called the Butterfly Dance. Here is a Cherokee account of how that dance came to be. …Cherokee Butterfly Legend »»

Crow explanation of how the ladies Fancy Shawl Dance competition began

At Crow Fair in Montana, I was told another story about the Fancy Shawl Dance. While the Crow people also equate this dance form as an expression of re-emergence and renewal of life forces, they have a very different explanation of how it began. Their version goes like this: …Crow explanation of how the ladies Fancy Shawl Dance competition began »»

Dance Regalia of the Fancy Shawl Dancer

This article gives a general overview of the proper attire for a Fancy Shawl Dancer. Rather than the double-bustle the early Crow girls wore to dance the Fancy Dance, today’s Fancy Shawl dancer wears a dress made of a shiny fabric such as taffeta or satin. …Dance Regalia of the Fancy Shawl Dancer »»