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Old 06-07-2004, 01:07 AM   #21
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Gourd Dance is seperate from all other dances. Are you saying you mix in Gourd Dancing with other tribal dances?
Sounds to me that he is saying they have a short session of gourd dancing before they start the normal intertribal dance sessions and a longer session of Gourd dancing in Saturday afternoon. Kinda like many other intertribal powwows do. Not mixing Gourd in with other styles of tribal dances.
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Old 06-07-2004, 02:04 PM   #22
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Ah! Thanks! I get it now.

I think that would be an admirable action, Cherosage.
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Old 06-09-2004, 11:36 PM   #23
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Thanks, PB, that is what we do. We have short sessions of Gourd dance before each Inter-Tribal and on Sat. afternoon we have a longer session from about 1:00-4:00 PM. We break for dinner that we serve for all of the participants then we have another short session prior to the Grand Entry. On Sun. we have another short final session.

Thanks, Zotigh, I just wanted to make sure this didn't offend nor was improper. Of course, I will leave this final decision to the Headsinger if he is comfortable with it. I just want everyone to understand that I'm not trying to make this into a ceremonial.
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Hey Zotigh, my family helps to sponsor a little dance here in Sedalia MO July 16-18. Would protocol be inappropriate for us to ask the head singer to set his drum up on the east side of the arena for our Gourd dance session? We Gourd dance on Sat. afternoon from about 1:00pm -about- 4:00pm. We will also Gourd dance prior to each intertribal, but the only appropriate time we could place the drum out of the middle would be the Sat. dance.
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There are powwows much like yours where there are gourd dances are held prior to the grand entry and drums ARE set up on the side (as opposed to the middle of the dance arena). This may be due to several factors: Where the host southern drum is already assigned a spot on the side, the intense heat, head singers preference for setting up, etc.

I have sang gourd dance on the side in powwows in Texas, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.

So in answer to everybodys question. . . yes, it is done in today's powwows.
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bumpage, 'cause I think it is important to our dance.
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