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Forum: Straight Dancing 09-25-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,590
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
Berry Picker wanted my take on it. In the Ponca...

Berry Picker wanted my take on it. In the Ponca way, at least, you don't stand up very much in the circle, let alone dance in place. Standing up is for prayer and preparing to exit the hethuska...
Forum: Straight Dancing 04-22-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,590
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
Non dancing during Victory song

Many straight dancers do not dance in place during the Victory song at the opening of powwows. I'm curious as to your reasons. I have my own idea on this, but I wanted to hear from others.
Forum: Fancy Feather Dancing 03-01-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,455
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
ld style fancy

I'm in my late 70's. I've seen some good ones from the 1950's and 1960's: Johnny Moore; Elmer Brown; Clyde Warrior; Charles Chibitty; Woogie Wachetaker; Warney Weller; Garland Kent, etc.

It was...
Forum: Gourd Dance 03-01-2014, 05:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,573
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
Red & blue humor

Wallace Coffee, Comanche, was Emceeing at a powwow one time, and he commented on the red and blue blanket. He said, "Well we survived the red coats; then we survived the blue coats!" :angel_smi...
Forum: Straight Dancing 02-21-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,990
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
Whaddo Wino?

We are too far from the tree, so to speak, to know what the early dances were like. In "The Omaha Tribe," Fletcher & LaFlesch talk about the hethuska as having the drum to the right of the entry, not...
Forum: Straight Dancing 07-19-2013, 08:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,345
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
More to the story

In my 7-12-06 post, I talked about Clyde Warrior[RIP], Ponca, and a Hochunk man singing hethuska songs to each other. On July 13, 2013, I visited with Tony Isaacs of Indian House Recordings at the...
Forum: Straight Dancing 07-09-2013, 09:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,134
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
Sneak up original song

AmigoKumeyaay posted that sneak up clip early in this thread, and I tuned it in for the first time this evening. Surprise! The original Wounded Warrior song was being sung. I first heard this song in...
Forum: Straight Dancing 06-23-2013, 01:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,345
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
Ponca hethuska distribution

The hethuska was given to California non Indians, and was called "California Hethuska." The dance as I understand, was given to the Comanche and directed by Melvin Kerchee, Sr. Kerchee gave it to the...
Forum: Straight Dancing 06-15-2013, 11:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,134
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
straight sneak-up?

I've done almost every kind of way. Down on one knee shaking looking between my hands; standing up shaking both legs; standing shaking one leg; holding up fan; holding up mirror board...or just...
Forum: Southern Singing 04-20-2013, 10:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,758
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
They are all good points. An added point would be...

They are all good points. An added point would be the rushed "Goshga" beats, those three accents that come between the main chorus and into the repeat chorus. For a dancer, rushed beats suck canal...
Forum: Straight Dancing 03-20-2013, 10:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,374
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
Big Showing at Caheth

Just a comment. A California Hethuska member said that there were 80 straight dancers present at their dance early this month (March).
Forum: Straight Dancing 02-17-2013, 10:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,899
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
I'm a blacksmith, so I purchased the flat head...

I'm a blacksmith, so I purchased the flat head (1/2" diameter) copper rivets from Tandy's. They come with copper burrs, which are washers which fit over the rivet shank. My bells were 1 1/2"...
Forum: Buckskin Dancing 11-12-2012, 08:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,159
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
Shuffling feet dance (Wacipi nas o so ?)

I'm 76, and my first powwow I danced at was in Oglala, South Dakota, in 1950. I was 14 years old. It was a fairly small gathering and there were maybe 7 or 8 lady buckskin dancers who had fully...
Forum: Buckskin Dancing 11-12-2012, 07:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,595
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
A male straight dancer responds. My wife is Taos...

A male straight dancer responds. My wife is Taos Pueblo, a buckskin dress dancer who has danced all over North and South Dakota among other places. During the honor beats she holds her fan upward and...
Forum: Straight Dancing 11-12-2012, 08:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,944
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
I recently got hold of a non mirror board which...

I recently got hold of a non mirror board which humors me and others. It has an elliptical hole in it where normally, a mirror would be. It is not missing a mirror. It was intentionally constructed...
Forum: Southern Singing 11-11-2012, 09:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,753
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
This is what blows my hat in the creek: a young...

This is what blows my hat in the creek: a young drum that screws the "honor beats" especially when leading and seconding in the middle on the OFF BEAT. This makes the dancers shuffle or pause to get...
Forum: Southern Singing 11-11-2012, 09:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,393
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
About four years ago at the California Hethuska,...

About four years ago at the California Hethuska, Henry Collins was head singer. When the singers came to the drum, there was one who showed up a little late. He grinned, put a few bucks on the drum,...
Forum: Straight Dancing 11-06-2012, 09:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,990
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
Reference Historian's last paragraph, I agree. In...

Reference Historian's last paragraph, I agree. In addition, Sylvester Warrior said that the Ponca hethuska members were supposed to care for the elderly, widows, and orphans, the organization being a...
Forum: Straight Dancing 09-24-2012, 11:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,541
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
Now that we've mentioned Gary Begay, may I say a...

Now that we've mentioned Gary Begay, may I say a little about his background. He told me that at one time, Billy Wahnee, Comanche, (deceased) was his father-in-law. Billy was a champion fancy dancer...
Forum: Southern Singing 07-01-2012, 02:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,860
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
Backatcha. Thanks. I was born in 1935, so I want...

Backatcha. Thanks. I was born in 1935, so I want to share what little I've learned while time allows.

"Why is New Age age old?"
Forum: Straight Dancing 05-17-2012, 09:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,684
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
Izzy is a friend, and so is Barry Hardin who...

Izzy is a friend, and so is Barry Hardin who offers nice custom German silver work. www.amerNDNrm.com.

Personally, I've been wearing an old imitation bone spreader for years. I believe it is made...
Forum: Southern Singing 05-16-2012, 08:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,860
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
Years ago, Clyde Warrior told me that there were...

Years ago, Clyde Warrior told me that there were four "calling songs" which were required to be sung near the beginning of the hethuska. They are not sung all in a row like a string of pearls. I can...
Forum: Southern Singing 03-12-2011, 08:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,187
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
I heard recently that Robert will be taking...

I heard recently that Robert will be taking control of his father's drum (Henry Collins). If that is true, congratulations, Robert, and best of luck with it.
Forum: Southern Singing 03-12-2011, 07:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,267
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
This thread got a little off beat. It's hard to...

This thread got a little off beat. It's hard to explain with words, but each song has alternating stressed and unstressed beats, or you might say every other beat is accented. Sometimes, the drum is...
Forum: Southern Singing 01-03-2011, 11:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,123
Posted By Gledanh Zhinga
I just interviewed my wife and asked her. At one...

I just interviewed my wife and asked her. At one Southern drum that she frequents, the former head singer, now passed, would divide the money equally, male and female. The present head singer is...
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