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

Denver March Pow Wow Grass Dance Finals Video

The final three song set of the Denver March Pow Wow Grass Dance Finals in 2011 goes to overtime with an extra song to determine a winner for the title. The Powwow features more than 1,600 dancers from close to 100 tribes from 38 states and three Canadian provinces. Denver March Pow Wow Grass Dance Finals Video