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Old 08-23-2006, 04:05 PM   #1
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Since WhoMe has been posting lots of good questions, I thought I would try to contribute:

What is the origin of or basis for the practice sometimes called "singing from the bench"? On occasion at formal gourd dances, usually in connection with a special, a family will start their song while sitting on the benches ringing the arena. Specifically, a member of the family will start the song while sitting and be joined by other members sitting to his left and right. After 2 or 3 times through using just rattles, the drum will pick up the song, so the family can then rise and dance.

I've seen it done, and even done it myself at others' requests, but I've never heard a consistent explanation. Any ideas?

As an aside, for those of you who've never seen it, please don't copy it just because you heard about it on this website. Thanks.
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