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Earth Warrior: Eastern Band of Cherokee Dancer Malaciah Bigwitch Taylor

Posted By PowWows.com August 18th, 2015 Last Updated on: August 19th, 2015

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“I do a lot of work with Earth First and with the environmental movement amoung many Native communities and supporting them any way I can is important to me,” Malaciah Taylor reveals. A fixture at the Native dance shows in downtown Cherokee, North Carolina, this Eastern Band Cherokee Dancer is well-respected on the powwow trail. He shares his development into a fancy feather dancer with Powwows.com!

Interview by Dawn Karima, Native American Culture Editor

DK: Such a joy to see your joy when you dance! How did you choose your category?

MT:I choose it by watching a dancer by the name of Slick Smith. He danced with my father on stage for many years and I always found joy watching him dance the fancy feather dance!

DK: Since you were inspired by another dancer, what would you say to someone who is inspired by you?

MT: I would tell them to feel it through their entire body and always remember that you are dancing for those who cannot dance.

DK: Tell us something about yourself? What do you want us to know about your tribe?

MT:Well, I am a member of the Eastern Band Cherokee and I have danced with the Warriors of Kituwah for about five years now, however I am not a member of the group.  My favorite thing about my tribe is to hear people speak the language God gave us and to enjoy the old foods like hickory soup.

DK: What would you like to tell us about the regalia you wear? About your dancing?

MT: My dance outfit was made by a good friend of mine, Mr. Ernest Beaver Grant. He put a lot of thought into making it for me and even let me have his old bustles. Now, my dance category is the fancy feather dance. I was told what ever I do to the left, I must also do to the right. I must also keep in time and concentrate on the honor beats and the stop.

DK: Has dancing helped you grow as a person? If so, how so?

MT:Dancing helps keep my head clear and helps me be more social with other Natives.

DK: Since you mentioned dancing as a social activity, what do powwows mean to you? Any favorite powwows? Do you compete?

MT: Powwows to me are places to go to meet new people and to have good fun! My favorite powwow is the annual elsipogtog pow wow held in New Brunswick Canada. Yes, I do compete sometimes.

DK: Thank you so much for sharing with us!
MT: You're welcome!


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Virginia Hallmark

Hi Native American is a Beautiful way of life. I have a question for Malaciah Bigwitch Taylor–you and I could have the same ancestors would love for you to send me an e-mail.I’ve been on Ancestry since 1999.

Robert Potts

I am just proud that our brother didn’t cater to the tourists wearing a plains war bonnet. Such a refreshing sight.

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