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Old 01-22-2002, 12:48 AM   #6
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Respect for the drum and hosts

I had been on the executive board of an intertribal group for 7 years setting up powows. Not big but averaged 4,000 spectators and about 300 dancers. It was rare but there were some groups that outright refused to drum for the gourd dancers. Would not show up until grand entry time so we would have to ask the other host drum who was on timel to sing. They were also late for grand entry. This paticular group that was late were getting paid to do it. We did not know this about them when we asked. Needless to day they were blacklisted. It was total disrespect for the host as well as the dancers. We had been fortunate to have good MC's and Arena directors who would speak to the drums to get there input as well as what we expected. Walking up to a drum was a no, no during a set. Especially with dancers around. What goes around comes around. Respect goes both ways.
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