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  1. morning_glory
    11-05-2008 01:09 PM - permalink
    morning_glory
    I just read a post you did from 2003 about eastern blanket dance. The turkey feather cape and cedar cap... I remember seeing drawings of those while searching th internet for northeastern tribes. I was wondering if you could provide more information. Actually many of the tribes in CA wear those items with grass skirts. Like I told you prevuiously I am really interested in finding out more about my culture. I know history but there is a big part missing. I just want to be right! Its all about honoring the ancestors to me. You can email me sxichyck@aol.com. Thanks so much for all your help.
  2. morning_glory
    11-05-2008 12:14 PM - permalink
    morning_glory
    Thanks for responding so quickly. Sorry it took so long for me to get back.. I have been powwowing!!! From what you are saying I seem to be on the right track. My buckskin does not have very long fringe because I know they will slap me in the face when I put my arms up. Its 2 pieces with the wrap skirt, leggings and mocs. I have wampum necklaces and a woven belt in wampum colors and my bag strap is made out of wampum. My blanket is fleece but I quilt the designs. I am working on my new blanket now to with the hide. How would it be decorated? With paints?
  3. elcabromy
    09-22-2008 08:58 PM - permalink
    elcabromy
    What can I help you with? Unfortunately, no, I do not have any videos of myself dancing. As for what is traditionally worn, well, the dress is buckskin, eastern woodlands style (so no really long fringe). It can be one or two pieces. Also included are leggings and moccasins. Items such as wampum and wampum peage were used for adornment. Eagle feathers weren't used as the eagle is not a representative bird for the coastal eastern people. The feathers of the hawk and wild turkey were used. Also, any decorative weaving such as belts, bags, etc were all finger woven from natural items. I know bullrush was used in a lot of weaving, but I do not know if it was used for the finer weaving. I would have to check with my grandmother. Currently if I need to do any type of finger weaving, I tend to use hemp. It is easy to dye and is easy to work with. I'm not sure what other info you are looking for. Please let me know.
  4. morning_glory
    09-22-2008 01:00 PM - permalink
    morning_glory
    Hello,

    I am an Eastern blanket dancer also and I pride myself on learning to dance and dress traditionally. I am Pequot and Tuscorora. I have noticed that the dance is done more contemporary than traditional. I was taught that the dance was supposed to be done gracefully not bouncing around all over the place. When I dance I do not care about the competition as much as I care about honoring the ancestors by doing it right! Do you have any videos of you doing the traditional eastern blanket dance and could you please let me know what is traditionally worn because I am constantly searching through books and post cards to find the correct regalia. I was also surprised that you said you would dance with a hide because my new blanket is made to represent a hide. I know that we did not have cloth until the 1800's but I would like to go back to pre-contact (before English influence) and dress properly. I would appreciate all your help.

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