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Fancy Dance | Native American Fancy Dance

The Oklahoma Feather Dance or "Fancy Dance" is one of the most popular styles of Native American dance and dance outfits seen at modern pow wows. Here's what to know about the Native American Dance: History of the Native American Fancy Dance The "Fancy Dance" originated as Fancy War Dance...

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Jingle Dress Dance | Native American Meaning and History

The Jingle Dress Dance is commonly seen in competitive pow wows, performed by women and girls in First Nations and Native American communities. The dance gets its name from the rows of metal cones—called "ziibaaska’iganan"—attached to their dresses, which make a distinctive sound as they dance. The ritual has a...

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Buckskin Dancing

One of the oldest form of  Native American Women's Dance is Buckskin. This is a dance of elegance and grace. The movement is smooth and flowing. The ladies wear fine, hand-crafted buckskin dresses, decorated with intricate bead designs. Northern dresses are fully beaded on the shoulders, or cape. Southern ones,...

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Gourd Dancing

Gourd dancing is not a "pow wow style" of dance. Gourd Dances are held regularly by several groups especially in Oklahoma. Today the dance is being done at pow wows before, after, and between intertribal dancing. The dance was resurrected by the Kiowa Tribe. Several tribes historically held Gourd Dances...

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Cloth Dancing

Ladies Cloth is a form of Native American women's dress and dance and has both a Northern and Southern style. The Southern style is danced by the Kiowas, Osage, Ponca, and others. The Northern style is danced by the Sioux, Crow, and others. The dance is a slow and graceful one...

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Straight Dancing

The Straight Dance from Oklahoma Native American Tribes is a formal, tailored, prestigious form of southern dance clothes.   The overall effect is of reassuring solidity, with everything closely matched and coordinated.   It looks as if it is planned all at one time. This dance has evolved from the Hethuska Dances.  ...

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