Pow Wow Trail – The Traditional Dances

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown March 22nd, 2015 Last Updated on: March 22nd, 2015

“Grass Dance & Men's Traditional” is the fifth 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 Grass Dance evolved from warrior society dances. It is said the dance portrays a warrior in search of a proper ceremonial place. The traditional dance expresses the pride and dignity of the brave warriors of past and present, and it is here where Indians honor their past. The best dancers are able to tell a story through their body movements, capturing both the courageous thrusts of the battlefield and the humility of everyday life.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

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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re mallahan

I totally enjoyed this documentary because I learned from it. Thank you!

jade "windsong"

This just makes me smile…. I was raised in pow wow an their always gonna be my family!!!! A’ho

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