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Old 09-15-2004, 06:35 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by GrayDog
Say"Hey!".......I'm trying to find out some more good info on just who is authorized or allowed to gourd dance. I'm here in N. California . . . I am Cherokee and gourd dance and am always respectful of the dance and it's importance. I dress my best and research as much as I can so as to be as correct as I can and honor those who originated it (Kiowa/Cheyanne). I spoke to Principle Chief "Chad" Smith of the Oklahoma Cherokee and he said that although Gourd isn't a traditional Cherokee dance that it was ok to do as long as it was done honorably. I'd appreciate any info out ther. Thanks...wado.
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GrayDog,

I can see you are trying to do the right thing in order to gourd dance. So I am going to answer you logically.

I have heard it often said on powwows.com, "Go ask your elders." Sometimes this is sound advice, sometimes its not.

I have a lot of respect for your tribal leader. But,

Never ask your tribal elders for permission or "the right to" participate in another tribes dance. It would be more appropriate to ask an elder who is a member of a specific tribal gourd dance society for advice.

This has been discussed at length in other pws.com forums.
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