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Old 11-09-2014, 03:32 AM   #1
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Good evening Everyone. I do not really know how to open this thread, perhaps with some background information? I suppose the best place to start is the begining.

I have lived in a good sized town in Oregon (USA) since infancy, my father was Siksikan, and after his death my mother(not being Native American) was determined to educate me to the best of her abilities on Native ways. She found stories, music, and artwork to saturate my mind, and eventually she stumbled upon a Native Kids Education center. It was basically six or seven "Natives" teaching the city's youth about PowWow etiquette, dances, games, folklore, etc.

Around the age of seven I started dancing Woman's traditional, and a few years later I switch over to Fast-and-Fancy (Fancy Shawl Dance.) Soon it became my life! Every day after elementary school I would go to the Native Center and practice my dancing with the older girls, or work on my regalia until my mother got off of work. Naturally with all of this practice I became very good, competition good. In 2005 I was crowned the "Best of the West" (there were perhaps seven BoftheW titles there, and I took home the youngest one.) Everything seemed so perfect until the Native center limited it's accessibility to the kids that were withing one certain school district, this meant that about ten kids, including myself, were permanently removed. (Not very Native of them hmm? )

It was only after my dismissal that I realized this center hosted all of the local PowWows, and with my separate school district tag, that made me unwanted. My mother was so addiment that this would not stop me from dancing she drove me across the state on several occasions to PowWows that were independent. Such a good mom! But soon it became such an inconvenience that I really just gave up hope, and I put away my shawl for good.

Eight years later, I read in the local paper that my old Native Center had shut down! And realizing that this meant a change in the local PowWow management I want to dance again!

So here is where I reach my dilemmas being the only Siksikan here I do not know about tribal specifics. Like which side to wear my feathers on, if I even wear feathers should they be up or down, I heard war paint was a new trend for FandF should I do that? Or are their any specific Siksikan things that would individualize me as a dancer? I have books, and I have tried asking Dr.Google but I never seem to get more then vauge answers. I am begging here, if you have any ideas please share them.
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How to change to my own thread? I don't know why I can not remember where I need to place new thread. I can not figure out why I did this. Dang!

Today is my birthday so can the moderator please put into the new thread. Miigwetch.
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Good evening Everyone. I do not really know how to open this thread, perhaps with some background information? I suppose the best place to start is the begining.

I have lived in a good sized town in Oregon (USA) since infancy, my father was Siksikan, and after his death my mother(not being Native American) was determined to educate me to the best of her abilities on Native ways. She found stories, music, and artwork to saturate my mind, and eventually she stumbled upon a Native Kids Education center. It was basically six or seven "Natives" teaching the city's youth about PowWow etiquette, dances, games, folklore, etc.

Around the age of seven I started dancing Woman's traditional, and a few years later I switch over to Fast-and-Fancy (Fancy Shawl Dance.) Soon it became my life! Every day after elementary school I would go to the Native Center and practice my dancing with the older girls, or work on my regalia until my mother got off of work. Naturally with all of this practice I became very good, competition good. In 2005 I was crowned the "Best of the West" (there were perhaps seven BoftheW titles there, and I took home the youngest one.) Everything seemed so perfect until the Native center limited it's accessibility to the kids that were withing one certain school district, this meant that about ten kids, including myself, were permanently removed. (Not very Native of them hmm? )

It was only after my dismissal that I realized this center hosted all of the local PowWows, and with my separate school district tag, that made me unwanted. My mother was so addiment that this would not stop me from dancing she drove me across the state on several occasions to PowWows that were independent. Such a good mom! But soon it became such an inconvenience that I really just gave up hope, and I put away my shawl for good.

Eight years later, I read in the local paper that my old Native Center had shut down! And realizing that this meant a change in the local PowWow management I want to dance again!

So here is where I reach my dilemmas being the only Siksikan here I do not know about tribal specifics. Like which side to wear my feathers on, if I even wear feathers should they be up or down, I heard war paint was a new trend for FandF should I do that? Or are their any specific Siksikan things that would individualize me as a dancer? I have books, and I have tried asking Dr.Google but I never seem to get more then vauge answers. I am begging here, if you have any ideas please share them.
If you're anything close to a dancing bear, you should stick to women's traditional.
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I want to apologize to the OP (1DancingBear). I did not mean to interrupt your post as I thought I was putting on the right thread for my birthday but instead still got post in the wrong one. That is my Ooops.

I remembered seeing the Dancing Bear on the video. This is really rare to see one like that for dancing with the women's traditional dance. Dancing Bear is a woman who I am happy that she decide to try this way in different way to dance. I respect her. She does have traditional regalia while she was cover with Bear costume. She can perform both in traditional regalia and bear costume. Hurrah for her.
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I want to apologize to the OP (1DancingBear). I did not mean to interrupt your post as I thought I was putting on the right thread for my birthday but instead still got post in the wrong one. That is my Ooops.

I remembered seeing the Dancing Bear on the video. This is really rare to see one like that for dancing with the women's traditional dance. Dancing Bear is a woman who I am happy that she decide to try this way in different way to dance. I respect her. She does have traditional regalia while she was cover with Bear costume. She can perform both in traditional regalia and bear costume. Hurrah for her.
@DeafElderWoman, you totally hi-jacked @1DancingBear's thread!!

and be careful when you reference "dancing bear" (Cfnm Sex & Hardcore Party Girls ? Dancing Bear).
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@DeafElderWoman, you totally hi-jacked @1DancingBear's thread!!

and be careful when you reference "dancing bear" (Cfnm Sex & Hardcore Party Girls ? Dancing Bear).
Not the sex and hardcore party girls.

I don't know if you have seen the video at the powwows where she performed with her own traditional regalia only she was cover over with grizzly bear. She performed slow dance with two steps. After the women's traditional dance was over, she was greeted by both men and women for her performance. This was the first time I see her dance in her grizzly bear costume. She felt the connection to the grizzly bear.

I will find it if I can put it on here if that is okay.
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Not the sex and hardcore party girls.

I don't know if you have seen the video at the powwows where she performed with her own traditional regalia only she was cover over with grizzly bear. She performed slow dance with two steps. After the women's traditional dance was over, she was greeted by both men and women for her performance. This was the first time I see her dance in her grizzly bear costume. She felt the connection to the grizzly bear.

I will find it if I can put it on here if that is okay.
this one? laura grizzlypaws
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@DeafElderWoman, you totally hi-jacked @1DancingBear's thread!!

and be careful when you reference "dancing bear" (Cfnm Sex & Hardcore Party Girls ? Dancing Bear).
DancingBear is my legal last name, so if some party girls have stolen it then they are the ones that need to be careful.
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My legal last name is DancingBear, so if some pornographic website stole it then that is their problem and they should be careful!
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That is the one right there at the powwows. She is amazing. Exactly. **nodded**
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