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Old 01-24-2007, 10:11 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by FluteMaker View Post
ok tell me just one thing.....
ive heard three versions of where the grass dance came from...

theres the popular powwow story of trampling the grass for setting up camp or for a gathering...

theres the one story here on pw.c about the guy with the lame foot who wanted to dance real bad so he came up with grass dance...

and then theres the one that says the grass dance started on the rez(in the early days) because the army guys wouldnt let the people hunt or teach the youngins how to stalk game. so they came up with the grass dance to teach youngins to move like the prarie grass and do it without the army guys catching on.

so which is it? one of them or something else altogether?


and btw.... i have seen one female grass dancer. at the time it was the oddest thing i had ever seen at a powwow. it was at the 1998 return to pittimitoui powwow in illinois.
she wasnt bashfull about it at all, she dressed right out in the open and was wearing a white sports bra under the regalia. it was either a woman or a guy with A cups

Flute,

According to my research it is something altogether different than what you have mentioned.

Like yourself, I have heard the stomping down the grass story. I have not found anybody to substantiate it.

Phillip Whiteman Jr. (N. Cheyenne) tells the story of the boy who was unable to use his legs and began the grass dance.

I've never heard of the Army/Grass dance correlation. To it kinda sounds like "another urban myth" especially the part about "teaching the youngins to move like the prairie grass." I can only imagine a bunch of youngin's trying to blend in the side of a hill by movin' like prairie grass." *L

The "modern grass dance as we know it today" had it's origins among the Omaha (Umon'hon') people. Other tribes also have origin stories.

In the earliest of photos, grass dancers look nothing like they do today. They were bare chested, bare legged and wore tufts of prairie grass in their moccasins and belts. Today's Crow dancers who did the "hot dance" look very similar to the original grass dancers of the 1800's. Some Chippewa/Cree also wear this style of dance outfit.

I won't elaborate anything about the ceremonial aspects of this because of how I obtained this information. When I was 20, I wanted to know more about this dance and asked a well known man who is involved in the ceremonial aspect of this dance.

At that time in my life, it was not my time to obtain this information.
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