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Old 01-02-2008, 06:41 PM   #33
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tail dancing

Tail dancers finish the song sung during ceremonials to show honor to the song. The tail dancer is an honored position because he is to dance his best for his district/tribe/group.

He zig zags and stays low while dancing hard as he can. His back is straight and not hunched to show respect. He looks at the sacred ground they are dancing on in search of game/enemy or the meaning of his life.
If he likes the song he can raise his stick and the singers will carry on.

this is usually only performed by the head tail dancer.
They say when the tail dancers are giving it their best it makes that I lon ska spirit come out and bless all who are there. And that is why the Osages keep this dance going for the past 125 years straight.


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Originally Posted by paraivo View Post
Thanks for the info on the Ho-Chunch Hayluska. A friend sent me pictures of the dance they held in the summer. I was glad to see this restarted in that area. Someday I hope to attend.
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