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Old 08-21-2006, 04:15 PM   #7
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I was searching on here for some more ideas and help working on my deer toes and came across these posts. I hope that the authors do not mind me reposting these but I felt like they had some great ideas among them. I located these in another powwows.com forum.
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Strong Beaver:
I have leather leggings and I tie my dear toes to my wapum beaded leg ties. I used to hang the deer and elk toes 2 to 3 inches from the botton of the ties with black sinew but I would loose a few every now and then in the arena and thats not good when things start fallen off the man!! You drill the toes and secure them with rolled leather cord. I also have many small deer and elk dew claws on them that hang and bang around hitting the larger toes, makes a nice sound. Take my advice an secure them well with holes punched in the bottom of the leg ties and punch a two holes in the back of the leggings and secure the leg ties there too. I takes abour 50 toes per leg and that only covers the front. Slowly I have been adding more toes and dews and am almost have them all the way around. Make sure your place the ties 4 to 5 inches below the knee 'cause when you kneel down on one knee the leggings move up your leg and you end up kneeling on the toes, that hurts! Measure well before you punch the leggings. Bells were used by one dancer in our band in some of the first pow wows when others were using the deer and elk toes, but the dancer who used the bells started winning alot then others changed to bells too. I have been dancing for over 40 years and have earned a buffalo headdress, and am trying buffalo toes but they are to big I am finding out

It It takes about 90 to 100 toes per leg to do it all the way around the Leg, or 45 to 50 to do the front only. They hang from 1/2 inch from the bottom of the leg tie to about 5 inches below. They look fuller when you stagger the Length and they Sound good too. If you plan on using dew claws with them because they are smaller put them on last so they are on top of the longer toes. You can tell how successfully your dancing was by how tangled they get after all the dancing is over. Part of the routine is untangling them when putting the regalia away, that way you can look for any loose ones, 'cause you don't want them falling off in the arena. The square not is good to tie them but its better to use a sheep bend knot. Black sinew slips the knots some black rolled leather cord holds up better.
When a Deer totem shows up in your life, you learn to nudge like the deer does with its nose, the power of gentleness. The deer loves the sound of the drum and they are always thinking of wounded ones in life. Be prepared to be be awakened to graceful movements. The deer totem is a good bell because it also represents standing straight in life, and to have a open heart. The fawn lies still, till it hears the sound of it's mother's toes. So deer toes go good with our movement with Mother Earth...

kyflutedancer:
I use deer toes with my regalia and i dont think i could fit 50 - 100 around my legs i have them spaced out so they "clack" more but they are just like bell anklets so i have about 12-15 on each anklet and they sound just fine.
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