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Old 02-07-2007, 10:40 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by jumpingbuffalo View Post
For the states this holds true, but for Canada there are lotsa folk, especially in Hobbema, Poundmaker, uhh Sweetgrasswater (?), CTK, even Whitebear, but plenty of Northern reserves have always grassed but kept to themselves until (in my perspective) RedBull & Blackstone broke the mold & everyone started travelling. Ron McNabb comes to mind too as far as keepin' it real. The Goodwills have a stong lineage too, Byron & Darryl are still tearin' it up.
On the flip side, there are lots of places around James Bay that have just gotten the grass dance within the past five years. I also noticed that in the beginning, nearly all of the people that danced grass were from other reserves and had married into that area and brought the dance with them. Locals were real slow coming around to it, but as more grass dancers started visiting (once they got their powwows up and running) more kids (and it was always kids) came around to grass dancing. Those first generation dancers must be in their early 20s now.

What was most iinteresting to me how all the guys over 30 went straight to traditional dancing, the guys in their 20s went to singing, and the guys under 20 went to grass. It just went that way.

It mimics the patterns that went on when grass dancing became a style in our community back in the 60s too. Before that there was just a sort of "freestyle" or non-bustle dance that looked a lot like old style grass and another bustle style that looked similar to the freestyle, but had it's own vibe as well. This was all in NW Ontario. I don't know that it was the same all over, but that part of the Treaty area does seem to generally move together like that. I think Louis Councilor was one of the first to grass - he was a hoop dancer first though, I think. I'll have to ask him. A lot of guys who had relatives down south seemed to get to it first.
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