Chickasaw “Stomp Dancing” with Chickasaw TV

Chickasaw “Stomp Dancing” with Chickasaw TV

Posted By Corinne Oestreich August 13th, 2018 Blog

Have you ever heard of Chickasaw Stomp Dance?

In the video below Chickasaw TV takes a moment to talk about this deeply traditional dance, and the regalia involved.

“Despite being forbidden in the past to practice their traditional dances, the Chickasaws kept these treasured pieces of their heritage alive by performing them in secret. Now Chickasaw dancer Julie Underwood says that she plans to pass the practice down to her own children: “They need to know where they came from; they need to know that we still have our songs and dances.” Distinct from “social” dances, stomp dancing has a profound ceremonial and religious significance. Men perform the singing, which takes the form of a prayer, while the women play their own crucial part by keeping rhythm with shaker instruments such as box turtle shells and deer toes.”

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About Corinne Oestreich

Corinne Oestreich (Mohawk/Lakota) has been a writer with since 2014. She lives in the state of CA, and enjoys attending and photographing many of the Northern CA powwows and events. She owns her own photography business and is also a Fellow with Changemaker Initiative in partnership with Ashoka.

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