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Old 06-15-2004, 10:40 AM   #3
FancyStar
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I wear either a formal tear dress when I want to look nice or I wear a skirt and top for stomp dances. The nicer dress is used for parades or public things. It is made of a cotton calico with the traditional cherokee peak design.
When me and family got to stomps I wear a cotton skirt with a cotton top. I don't shake shells. I am also still learning. I know that only clan women are allowed to wear shells. If you go to stomp and shake shells without the appropriate things, then the singers and elders will realy get ahold of you.
It used to be women of different clans wore certain colors but they don't do that any longer. You will still sometimes see people from different clans have something of that clan on their person. There has been a renewed interest in these things. At our schools children take tribal language as a mandatory class and all after school programs offer traditional arts and crafts.
My children come from a long line a traditional artist. Their grnandmothers weaves Cherokee baskets and does the old style pottery. Their grandfather does carvings.
We take our children to as many tribal dances and gatherings as we can so that they grow up knowing Cherokee. Not just being ndn.
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