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Old 09-10-2012, 08:01 AM   #21
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I can hear my mama now lol... She never wore pants or even shorts/cool lots in the arena. I remember her always in a long skirt tennis shoes or mocs and a shawl over her shoulders.
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:54 AM   #22
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Being raised in a maternal run, single parent household in the 50s, 60's and early 70's, this topic was a very serious one as at that time. All the females in my family, under the strict direction of a full blood traditional Grandmother, true modesty of the female body was a definite and positive character attribute that was extended to the costumes of all women dance participants.
So definitely no skin was shown and dresses were constructed with an eye to avoid revealing anything that could remotely be mistaken as a matter of flirtation or other things not spoken of.
But then, everything was very conservative in those days and to even go back to a quarter of what the mindset and beliefs were then would be a huge improvement to modern day behavior and mores. And that should extend to daily life as well not only while dancing.
I was raised to believe that there is a time and place for everything and the powwow venue was not even remotely considered to be 'one of those times' when a flash of the skin was to be admired and revered.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:56 PM   #23
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im a southern injun.......nothin is appropriate for women unless it involves cooking
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really amigo? tsk tsk.Their grammas can do that!

All ladies no matter where they are should be modestly dressed where ever they go.(what happened to that teaching?) Am I getting old?
You are so right! All society has lost morals, values, and therefore respect is just an old tradition... Very sad! I tell my granddaughter these things and she says, "I love you Grama; things have changed." Powwow or not, things should not be hanging out!
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I think I said this in another thread.......but my auntie always made me sit proper with my knee's together when sitting in the circle. I got my legs slapped a couple times by her when I sat sloppy. So I learned. Mosty women do sit proper that I see. But the audience is another story.........I'll just advise if you come out for a intertribal dance.....cover up and be decent. Otherwise you look foolish.
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You are so right! All society has lost morals, values, and therefore respect is just an old tradition... Very sad! I tell my granddaughter these things and she says, "I love you Grama; things have changed." Powwow or not, things should not be hanging out!
That is not really true about ALL society losing their morals and values. Each person is granted the freedom to set their moral compass as they see fit depending on where they are in their lives and what got them to this point in their individual lives.
What was proper and moral for me in my 20s is not the same as it is now in my early 50's. I tend to adjust what my moral outlook is depending on the person, place and thing surrounding me at the time. The only constant in my morals is that I do not judge anyone...ever.
The traditions that we were taught as youngsters have been changed, drastically I might add, to reflect what is happening not in the NDN world, but instead in the non NDN world. In an attempt to assimilate into the white world, we drop our traditions or revise them to fit into our lives...that is if we have any interest to keep them alive at all.
Now when it comes to respect that is one thing that will never change and yet it is VERY important regardless of where your moral compass is pointing. Respect for our elders is, for the most part, a thing of the past. Things I see and hear children do and say to their parents and grandparents, or really just people in positions of authority are just downright unacceptable. Without respect for your elders and others mentioned in the last sentence, one is unable to develop their own sense of self respect.
And without self respect, one is not able to grow or to be of service to any one else. Without self respect, one is not able to truly LOVE anyone else nor are they able to love themselves...and if you can't love yourself who the hell is gonna love you?
So as parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and young adults, it our important responsibility to instill respect, this life affirming value, into their young lives. If we are unable to do that, then it is not the younger generations fault, that fault lies with us.
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