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Old 11-18-2002, 11:49 AM   #16
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Gourd dance honoring

It is sad that such a fine old tradition is being corrupted by over-use and inappropriate use. "Honoring" means "honoring," not "something for everyone." I have been to a couple of powwows where the same (anglo??) woman in buckskin brings out her lady-friend during a gourd dance honoring song to be honored also. No shawl, no pre-planning, nothing! The dancers look around confused, and then to prevent an embarrising situation, troop over to the woman and shell out a buck apiece. It's saddening more than disgusting. It makes it hard to

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