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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