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Old 05-25-2004, 04:48 PM   #6
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It's an interesting topic to me because, although it appears to be an issue of simple drum placement, this placement of the drum in the middle has had a ripple of effects on the dance itself.

In Kiowa gourd dancing, one is expected to move about the circle in no certain direction, and to not stay in one place for the whole dance. The whip-man is there to ensure this. The drum out of the middle gives more room to move about, and counters the tendency to meander clockwise around the drum as in war dancing. Having the drum to one side also removes the focus from the drum.

Have you seen at some dances where when the drum reaches the heavy beat all the dancers will face the drum as if it's somehow part of the gourd dancing ritual?

Or how at some dances some of the dancers will line up in columns and dance around the drum...gourd dancing, but in a war dance procession?

How about other dances where all the gourd dancers just stand in place around the edge of the arena, rarely moving from their spots unless there is a honoring?

The drum in the middle for gourd dancing has in many ways contributed to the changes taking place in the dance.

These are my observations.
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