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    Gourd dancing styles vary from individual to individual.




    Some men dance very dignified and respectful.

    Some barely move except for their gourds.

    Some "follow the leader" in a syncronized line.

    Some dance close to the drum and shake their gourd like they are gonna bless the drum with their gourd.

    Some jump as they dance.

    Some couldn't keep time with their gourds if their life depended on it.

    Some look like they are afraid and look around to see what others are doing.

    Some shake their heads like they have a Fancy Dance Rocker on.

    Some look like they are stalking the drum and dance in a zig-zag.

    Some get the hibidy-jibidys and shake all their body parts.

    Some dance so crazy that it makes your eyes roll backward. *L



    How do you dance?
    How do the majority of dancers dance in your area?
    Last edited by WhoMe; 08-23-2004, 01:49 PM.
    Powwows will continue to evolve in many directions. It is inevitable.

  • #2
    How about the ones that bless everyone with their turkey wing fan and their softball size Gourd?

    I like to find a real stoic one and dance next to them. Try to talk to them during the dances or at least I mean between the songs.
    BOB

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    • #3
      Some cross their gourd and fan in front of them and look like they're trying to ward off a Vampire.

      Some jump side ways left and then right, then jump completely around in a circle.

      Some just lift their heels up in time to the beat.

      We sure get a kick out of watching all the antics of the Gourd dancers when we go to the Gathering.

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      • #4
        From the responses so far, there are several "unusual" ways that individuals gourd dance.

        Is there a right way and wrong way to gourd dance?
        Powwows will continue to evolve in many directions. It is inevitable.

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        • #5
          I like to shake my gourd like a salt shaker!...................



          oh it is a salt shaker!
          Dayum I make some keen DrumSticks!!!!!!sigpic

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          • #6
            Originally posted by WhoMe
            Gourd dancing styles vary from individual to individual.

            How do you dance?
            How do the majority of dancers dance in your area?
            I know, huh? I seen some gourd dancers who think they are fancy dancing. LOL.. I try to dance in a dignified and respectful way. I do my best to dance along with the drum beat. Sometimes though, when a certain song that I like is sang, I can get a little..... overcome with excitement. When I hear the bugle down in Carnegie, makes me want to go out on a raiding party..lol.
            To answer your second question, you only have to look at your first statement. Dancing styles vary from individual to individual. At least, that is what my experience has been...Thanks...
            Kio-Manche
            Oklahoma Proud!!!

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            • #7
              Some stand on the outer part of the circle and never move just facing the drum
              some move out into the circle and slowly move around

              Me I like using the whole arena, move around
              Talk and shake hands

              and dance
              ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ - Anigiduwagi
              Till I Die!

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              • #8
                Shake It All About

                Your funny Taco5000!! What about the dude who has a whole gourd dance dance routine...going from side to side, back and forth, and even doing the hokey pokey...with a left foot in and a left foot out! My friend & I call him Shimmy. LOL

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Camp7Kiowa View Post
                  Your funny Taco5000!! What about the dude who has a whole gourd dance dance routine...going from side to side, back and forth, and even doing the hokey pokey...with a left foot in and a left foot out! My friend & I call him Shimmy. LOL
                  An just who is this "Shimmy?" I'll be on the look out for him ...lol
                  Life's Too Short........Pow-Wow Hard!!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sate_bo_hone View Post
                    An just who is this "Shimmy?" I'll be on the look out for him ...lol
                    Dang now I have to keep a lookout also
                    Hmmmmm
                    ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ - Anigiduwagi
                    Till I Die!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by WhoMe View Post
                      From the responses so far, there are several "unusual" ways that individuals gourd dance.

                      Is there a right way and wrong way to gourd dance?
                      with all of the talk of doing the dance wrong, i have noticed no one has answered Whome's question. just a point to ponder

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by standnbear View Post
                        with all of the talk of doing the dance wrong, i have noticed no one has answered Whome's question. just a point to ponder
                        Those that don't dance with the beat they are on there own beat!

                        Dance with the beat of the song
                        Last edited by Josiah; 05-08-2012, 07:24 AM.
                        ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ - Anigiduwagi
                        Till I Die!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Josiah View Post
                          Those that don't dance with the beat they are on there own beat!

                          Dance with the beat of the song
                          When I first started gourd dancing, I was a little hesitant in my movement but I have always been able to keep beat with the drum. Not being raised in a native environment, I felt intimidated around the other dancers. Not wanting to embarrass myself or my family, I tried not to draw attention to myself. I have been dancing now for 20 years now feel I am doing a good job of it and sometimes I fee the need to get up close to the drum and feel every beat in my soul, or stay in a small area. I enjoy every song and every dance. Im not a show off, I dont try to out do anyone else, I dance to honor our ancestors. I dance to honor our culture. I dance so our past as a proud people will not be forgotten.
                          That which is funny to others may be simply be a disabled person doing the best he or she can do with what they are given. I have a bad knee, torn ACL and MCL, some times it causes me to stumble and loose step. I mean no disrespect by it, it just happens. I dont let it slow me down, I recover, get back on beat and dance my heart out. A ho
                          Last edited by standnbear; 05-08-2012, 11:15 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by standnbear View Post
                            When I first started gourd dancing, I was a little hesitant in my movement but I have always been able to keep beat with the drum. Not being raised in a native environment, I felt intimidated around the other dancers. Not wanting to embarrass myself or my family, I tried not to draw attention to myself. I have been dancing now for 20 years now feel I am doing a good job of it and sometimes I fee the need to get up close to the drum and feel every beat in my soul, or stay in a small area. I enjoy every song and every dance. Im not a show off, I dont try to out do anyone else, I dance to honor our ancestors. I dance to honor our culture. I dance so our past as a proud people will not be forgotten.
                            That which is funny to others may be simply be a disabled person doing the best he or she can do with what they are given. I have a bad knee, torn ACL and MCL, some times it causes me to stumble and loose step. I mean no disrespect by it, it just happens. I dont let it slow me down, I recover, get back on beat and dance my heart out. A ho
                            Gourd dancing is a highly personal dance, Its not for the spectators nor the other dancers its for you.
                            The songs are very powerfull and for a time can take away your pain and life's issues. You forget its hot and that your tired all of those go away when you are dancing.
                            So for some they like to just stand and barely move, singing along with the singers.
                            Others like to move around getting those blessings in the arena...
                            Still others dance for those that can't dance any longer.

                            But the most special time is when the song is particular powerfull you will see some bounce off the ground both feet not touching the ground and war whoops all around you making your heart soar with the song!! But that is usually down in Gourd Dance Country in around Carnegie Oklahoma July 2nd 3rd and 4th... Those are special days!!!
                            ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ - Anigiduwagi
                            Till I Die!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Josiah View Post
                              Gourd dancing is a highly personal dance, Its not for the spectators nor the other dancers its for you.
                              The songs are very powerfull and for a time can take away your pain and life's issues. You forget its hot and that your tired all of those go away when you are dancing.
                              So for some they like to just stand and barely move, singing along with the singers.
                              Others like to move around getting those blessings in the arena...
                              Still others dance for those that can't dance any longer.

                              But the most special time is when the song is particular powerfull you will see some bounce off the ground both feet not touching the ground and war whoops all around you making your heart soar with the song!! But that is usually down in Gourd Dance Country in around Carnegie Oklahoma July 2nd 3rd and 4th... Those are special days!!!
                              Need to see if I can get down there, Don Stroud invited me a couple years ago but I never seem to have the time or money.

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