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Old 05-16-2006, 01:17 AM   #35
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Originally Posted by Steffan Redhawk
There is a gentlemen that MC's a few pow wows (Will post name if it's requested) who always states during the gourd dance that only VETERAN MEN can do this dance, and always tells the women who stand behind their man to sit down.

This man also says that teens, and young men can not do this dance, I know it's not true, my Grandfather used to have me gourd dance with him when I was younger, my father, not so much, but my GPA always had me out there with him, used to dance with alot of my old friends out there....
That 'gentleman' is wrong in these ways:

Gourd Dance is NOT a veterans dance.

Our women ALWAYS dance during Gourd Dance on the edge of the circle or behind us when we are being honoured.

Teens and young men are not lesser members of our tribes. And, they should never be told not to dance. On the contrary...with so many seeking the wrong examples of leadership, they should all be encouraged to dance and participate in their dances.

That feeling you inherited from his example is lamentable.

But, it is correctable by your leadership.
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