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Old 05-12-2006, 12:28 AM   #32
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You could lead by example.

You could tell the folks that dance with you that the Gourd Dance is not a veterans dance. Being more ancient than the modern military..how could it be?

The Gourd Dance was once part of our Sun Dance. "Our" Sun Dance = Kiowa. Don't know what you did in your sun dance.

Kiowas don't perform "sweats" as you suggest as part of our dance. Not sure where you heard that.

You could lead by example and show the young folks that you are speaking of those things you know about the dance, so that it continues to be a dance that you even care to be part of, and not a washed out, meaningless gesture some folks are making it to mean.

If our dance is important to you or anyone else reading this thread, then you will honour it and do you part in keeping it a special legacy to yourself and yours.

You speak fondly of our dance being passed down to you as if it has value. And, that is encouraging. When you pass our dance on, I hope it will be a dance that they feel has the same value as when it was passed on to you.

Our traditions are worth protecting. What you uphold and protect in your life is what you will pass to yours. The value is up to you. Up to all of us.

I hope your children and mine value and respect the legacy of our dance equally.
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