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Old 05-25-2004, 01:50 AM   #2
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Well, I do not doubt the drum in the middle of the arena has to do with the tendency of most host/southern drums being in the middle at most dances in OK. I would say that the logistics of moving the head singer and his boys out of the center for gourd and then back for intertribals is probably a factor as well.

I know I have seen gourd sessions outside of OK with the drum on the side, but unfortunately most of the dancers have never been to Kiowa country and were pretty lost and even commented that it just felt awkward to them that the drum was not in the middle. Now I do have to say that at these dances all the drums wear already out on the sides through the whole dance.

I got a couple of questions to go with the original post.

Do you think the fact that at the Kiowa ceremonials the drum being on the side has anything to do with the fact that the Kiowa started out up north and moved south? Is this tradition a remnant of the Kiowa's northern roots?

Next...Would you really want to see all the powwow gourd dances doing things exactly as the Kiowa do, since the meaning for many in attendance is not the same as it is to the Kiowa?
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