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Old 08-14-2005, 03:34 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by moochwah
At a powwow a couple weeks ago, there were several well-known fancy shawl dancers in attendance. The first night of the powwow, when the drum began for their competition dance, these dancers immediately jumped at a running pace trying to outdo each other. They were going so fast, we could see their spandex well above their butt area. Their shawls were flying at their shoulders. Two elders standing behind me said to each other that dancing has changed. It is no longer the beauty or style or beat of the dance but how fast and how high dancers can go. These comments made me look at the dancers more closely. Heck, they were dancing faster than the beat! Of course, they all placed 1, 2, 3, 4 etc! Judges seem to get dazzled by the speed and height. Never mind what makes the dance beautiful.
That's a crying shame. That drum represents so much - it's a shame that for the sake of competetion the beat is ignored and judges are so ignorant that they'll judge based on popularity or anything else BUT DANCING IN TIME WITH THE DRUM.
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