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Old 10-29-2002, 02:39 AM   #3
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An elder told me about a hill in eastern Montana, called Chicken Hill ("shiobaha"), so named for the prairie chickens found dancing there. Their dance was taught to men, and it continues to this day. So says the old story.

Historically, this style is sort-of a predecessor to Fancy Dancing but it has been making a strong comeback. Chicken Dancers usually are registered along with Northern Tradish at contest, though some powwows have chicken dance specials. I have yet to see a powwow where chicken dancers are their own category, though I have heard people (both the chicken dancers and the straight tradish) wanting this. There has recently been some discussion on other threads regarding the growing trend to sing Duck and Dive during chicken dance specials.

Guys dancing this way tend to wear very flamboyant regalia colors with flowery designs, round bustles with matching side bustles on the shoulders. Their movements immitate strutting roosters, preening themselves.
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