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Old 06-28-2004, 03:09 PM   #1
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Otter vs. hairplate drag?

The one dance item that distinguishes southern from nothern "traditional" dancing, is the "drag" that hangs down the back of traditional southern men dancers.

I have noticed that most of the northern straight dancers have an otter skin drag (ie. Ponca, Osage, Pawnee, Otoe, Kaw and Quapaw). The otter drag on these dancers is either decorated or left plain. I wonder if the decorations have meaning (such as some dancers wearing combat medals)?

Whereas,

Southwestern Oklahoma Tribes use the hairplate disk drag more commonly (ie. Comanche, Kiowa, Wichita, Delaware, Apache). The majority of these discs sets are round and descend in size the closer the disk is to the ground.

Because we live in modern times, some straight dancers have a set of both. I wonder if this is because the dancer belongs to more than one tribe or is it just his personal preference.

What is the story on the two types of drags?
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