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Dances are an integral part of many Indians' lives and cultures, and several were performed at a powwow event Saturday and Sunday including:



Published: Mon, August 22, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Dances are an integral part of many Indians' lives and cultures, and several were performed at a powwow event Saturday and Sunday including:

Women's Fancy Shawl dance. Footwork is emphasized here. Participants typically wear decorative knee-length cloth dresses, beaded moccasins with matching leggings, a shawl and various pieces of jewelry.

Sneak-Up. This dance follows a drum-roll pattern in the first half of four renditions and a standard beat in the second half. Dancers shake bells and make gestures following or seeking out an enemy. On the beats, they sneak up, advance toward the center and stop on the last beat before walking back to the perimeter.

Crow Hop. Developed in the 1900s to a specific rhythm of the drum beat. Dancers usually feel exhilaration, and this is part of most competitions.

Round dance (Friendship dance). No outfits are needed for this dance, formerly called the Dance of the Slain. Women were the main performers and it allowed them to show pride and mourning simultaneously. It's now performed by all ages and is easily taught to tourists, who move in a clockwise circle.

Intertribal dance. Dancers move around an arbor clockwise, and anyone can take part.

Blanket dance. This dance gives the audience an opportunity to donate to a person, a needy family, special programs, etc. Dancers hold a blanket and walk around, encouraging people to toss money onto it.




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