The Native American Chicken Dance

The Native American Chicken Dance

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Are you familiar with the Native American Chicken Dance? No, this is not the corny chicken dance people do at skating rinks and school dances. This chicken dance is one of the oldest and most symbolic dances known to many Indigenous Nations throughout North America. And we’re not talking about….

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Exploring the Rich Tradition of Straight Dance

Exploring the Rich Tradition of Straight Dance

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The Straight Dance from Oklahoma Native American Tribes is a formal, tailored, prestigious form of southern dance clothes.   The overall effect is of reassuring solidity, with everything closely matched and coordinated.   It looks as if it is planned all at one time. This dance has evolved from the Hethuska Dances.  ….

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What is Native American Cloth Dancing

What is Native American Cloth Dancing

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Ladies Cloth is a form of Native American women’s dress and dance and has both a Northern and Southern style. The Southern style is danced by the Kiowas, Osage, Ponca, and others. The Northern style is danced by the Sioux, Crow, and others. The dance is a slow and graceful one….

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Fancy Shawl Dancing | Women’s Fancy Shawl Dance History & More

Fancy Shawl Dancing | Women’s Fancy Shawl Dance History & More

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Ladies Fancy Shawl is the newest form of Native American Women’s Dance, and is quite athletic! Fancy Shawl is often called Northern Shawl, as it does come form the Northern Tribes along the U.S. and Canadian Border. This is very similar in dancing and the bright colors to the Men’s….

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Buckskin Dancing

Buckskin Dancing

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One of the oldest form of  Native American Women’s Dance is Buckskin. This is a dance of elegance and grace. The movement is smooth and flowing. The ladies wear fine, hand-crafted buckskin dresses, decorated with intricate bead designs. Northern dresses are fully beaded on the shoulders, or cape. Southern ones,….

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Native American Fancy Dance | What is Fancy Feather Dancing?

Native American Fancy Dance | What is Fancy Feather Dancing?

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The Oklahoma Feather Dance or “Fancy Dance” is one of the most popular styles of Native American dance and outfits seen at modern pow wows. The Fancy Dance outfit, as such, has no single Native American tribes. The “Fancy Dance” originated as Fancy War Dance by the Hethuska Society in….

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Grass Dancing | Native American Grass Dancer Regalia, Info & More

Grass Dancing | Native American Grass Dancer Regalia, Info & More

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Though Grass Dancing was originally done as a Warrior Society Dance, it has evolved over the years. It has further evolved into a highly-competitive form of northern dancing. Grass Dancers always stands out by virtue of two things: his dancing style and his outfit. His dancing has been described often….

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Northern Traditional Dancing

Northern Traditional Dancing

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The Northern Traditional Dancer is a modern evolution of tribal outfits from the tribes of the Northern Plains such as Sioux, Blackfoot, Crow, Omaha and others. Below is some information about the outfit’s parts. It must be stressed that this is only a brief description as variations do exist from….

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Gourd Dancing

Gourd Dancing

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Gourd dancing is not a “pow wow style” of dance. Gourd Dances are held regularly by several groups, especially in Oklahoma. Today the dance is being done at pow wows before, after, and between intertribal dancing. The dance was resurrected by the Kiowa Tribe. Several tribes historically held Gourd Dances….

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Jingle Dress Dance | Native American Meaning and History

Jingle Dress Dance | Native American Meaning and History

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In the heart of First Nations and Native American communities, a captivating and rhythmic tradition known as the Jingle Dress Dance has endured through generations.  Steeped in rich history and cultural significance, the Jingle Dress Dance has evolved from a healing ritual into a source of immense pride. Its origins….

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