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Old 08-26-2005, 05:40 PM   #15
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No such thing as comtemp s. dancing

There is no such thing as different categories for staight dance. It is is you heart and athletic ability to perform.
I've been dancing this dance my whole life and my father before that starting in the 1930's and before that my grandfather just before the turn of the century. my elders say I dance just like my grandfather. That being very fast. sometimes to skip when the song and my heart said so. To spin when I was looking for the tracks of my enemy.
My father and other Osage elders say people believe the stately style of straight dancing was considered the proper style because for years 1920's -1950's primarily only elders danced. Even among Osages, there were few dancers even tho our tribe was carrying on the same dance for over a hundered years. It almost died out. But as pride in being Indian came back to our people, people started to dance again and put younger people in in greater numbers.
But the truth is Osage people have always danced hard.
I hate to hear about this kind of changes and distortions of the history of our dance.
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