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The Origins of the Smoke Dance
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire—but one of the most compelling pow wow dances done today, Smoke Dance, just might have nothing to do with either...
Origins of the Grass Dance
As with many indigenous dances, the origins of the grass dance are both unclear and disputed...
The Life & Times of the Turkey Dance
Jingle dance, grass dance, buckskin. Fancy dance, traditional, duck-and-dive. Pow wows serve up a panoply of dances—but they are only part of the full story of native dance...
The Evolving Beauty of the Fancy Shawl Dance
Given its legacy of color, vivacity and even rebellion, the name of the dance is ironically plain: fancy shawl...
History of a Warrior’s Dance—Gourd Dancing
The first thing to know about the gourd dance is that unless you’re Kiowa, you probably haven’t seen it—even if you think you have...
Origins of Women's Jingle Dress Dancing
There are few pow wow dances as ebullient, or as symphonic, as the Jingle Dress Dance, especially when there are multiple female dancers moving together...
Men's Fancy Dance
The men’s fancy dance is a colorful, athletic performance that belies its historically significant background...
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