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Old 02-02-2007, 11:53 AM   #1
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Question Gourd topping

I own three gourds.

One has horse hair and beads on top. The other two have exotic bird feathers on top.

I was wondering if anybody knows why gourds used for gourd dancing are "topped off" with these two items?

I have a theory that the horse hair is related to the NAC gourd and/or related to the horse hair on top of bows.


How is your gourd topped?

Is this personal preference?
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:15 PM   #2
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My metal gourd rattle has horse hair, but I am seeing more and more of the exotic bird feathers, mostly from Kiowa dancers, but not exclusively. I like the way horse hair waves about as the rattle is shook, and just the way it looks, but the feathers are nice too. I was under the impression hair was more "traditional", but maybe not.
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I own three gourds.

One has horse hair and beads on top. The other two have exotic bird feathers on top.

I was wondering if anybody knows why gourds used for gourd dancing are "topped off" with these two items?

I have a theory that the horse hair is related to the NAC gourd and/or related to the horse hair on top of bows.


How is your gourd topped?

Is this personal preference?
I have had both
My first Gourd when I was 20 or so had flicker feathers
Years later I use Horse hair and yes I think that horse hair has roots in the NAC...
My Stepfather uses his gourd at both
When he gave me one of his Gourds I used the handle because it is carved out of ebony and very light with a small can and topped with horse hair
I occasionally have to straighten and found one of those hair staighten things that women use works very well for my Gourd

But i have been told that the feathers do have meaning but never followed up to discover what...
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I have my gourd that has horse hair and threadwork.

Just started working on my tin, have been thinking of toping it off with some exotic feathers as well.
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Horse hair fetish on mine, too.
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I, also, have Horse hair on all of mine.
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Horse hair fetish on mine, too.
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mine is topped of with sour cream and chive!!









oh were not talkin bout baked potatoes??
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Mine is topped with horse hair, but I have some small eagle feathers i've put to the side and am going to eventually put on it. If I ever find some time. I think it comes down to personal preference...but thats just one opinion...kio-manche
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i am 14 years old, i have not started dancing yet, i havent had the chance. i am tryingto learn all that i can. anyway, my question is, do you have to be a certain age in order to dance the gourd dance?

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i am 14 years old, i have not started dancing yet, i havent had the chance. i am tryingto learn all that i can. anyway, my question is, do you have to be a certain age in order to dance the gourd dance?

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What??? NO CDIB???

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pleas excuse my ignorance, but wat is CDIB?
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no, if ur gonna say it, i would apreciate it if you explained it to me, so if someone else sais it, i no what it is.
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no, if ur gonna say it, i would appreciate it if you explained it to me, so if someone else says it, i know what it is.
CDIB
Is the card that you are claiming not to have...
Certificate Degree of Indian Blood issued by the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Mine was issued by Tahlequah Agency
But each tribe has there own agency...



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CDIB
Is the card that you are claiming not to have...
Certificate Degree of Indian Blood issued by the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Mine was issued by Tahlequah Agency
But each tribe has there own agency...



I could not stand to watch the car wreck I had to do something...
thakyou for the information, i truly appreciate it. Ans please excuse my ignorance, i have only heard it be referred to as an "indian card" by my white freinds. i dont have many native freinds, unfortunately . that is why i joined this site.
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