Pow Wow Trail – The Fancy Dance

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown March 31st, 2014 Last Updated on: March 31st, 2014

“The Fancy Dance” is the sixth episode of an eleven part television series from 2001 known as “The Pow Wow Trail”. Over the course of 2 years producer Jeremy Torrie and film crew traveled to over 40 reservations, ceremonies and Pow Wow celebrations.

Their travels brought them all over the United States and Canada shooting and interviewing the best Pow Wow singers, dancers, the most respected elders, songwriters, traditional teachers and the various perspectives of people living, traveling and competing on the Pow Wow circuit.

The Fancy Dance has always been the climax of the pow wow. It is a test of speed and endurance. It allows the dancer to display his most intricate steps and body movements, incorporating their own style. Knees pumping brought up high to the chest, he exudes perfect rhythm, the beat governs his body, and the song gives voice to emotion. It is the very soul of the people.

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Rosemary Halsey

I had heard all of these stories about how Pow Wows came to be some of them were not correct. It is interesting about the Fancy Dancers of the Men & Women who started the dancing. Our Southern Brothers & young brave Women of the Crow & Arikara people thank you for sharing what Fancy dance originated! I am a Northern traditional dancer for Thirty years now. I watch the Fancy dancers as I admire their moves. I always wanted to Fancy myself. What stopped me? Myself. I said the same about Jingle too. I love all the dance styles! I love to dance myself for all the same reasons that young man from Newton, ND just said about why he dances.


gosto muito das danças indígenas eu me sinto como se fosse uma

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