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Old 12-29-2011, 01:23 PM   #777
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Originally Posted by CHEROSAGE View Post
2) This dance has history in some other tribal cultures, the Kiowas simply restarted it.
We 're-started' our own dance. Not someone else's. Kiowa have owned the Gourd Dance since the Red Wolf gifted it to us, but in the mid-1930's we stopped celebrating our dance. Twenty years later in the 1950's, while many of the Gourd Dance tribal members were still alive that knew the songs and dance, it was 're-started' by the very people who used to participate in the 1930's. The traditions, customs, songs and rituals of the Gourd Dance are all Kiowa. Today there are many new songs for Gourd Dance that are not Kiowa, but in the late 1970's I don't remember hearing any songs other than Kiowa songs.

You do and will change your 'version' of our dance. But, we Kiowa will continue to own our dance, and honour the keeping of our dance the way our parents taught us.
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