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  • What is Gourd Dancing?

    By the name of the thread, I don't mean I have no concept of what Gourd Dancing is. I'm a Traditional dancer and have been for a long time. My father is a Vietnam Vet and has watched me dance since I was a kid. The more powwows we visit, the more he is interested in Gourd Dancing. Someone once told me "it's a bunch of old guys standing in a circle shaking rattles." As inaccurate a description as that may be, I'm afraid my father believes it. but, I know there are specifics about it that I just don't have the knowledge of to give to him. Can anyone recommend a source of info to lead him to? Or a publication to learn from? Or, without risking 'secrets', can someone here explain it better so that I can take that info to him.
    He knows the basic requirements of the outfit. We have a friend that is a vendor and has offered to help him make his regalia. But, without knowing why he's doing it, he doesn't want to do it.
    Thank you,
    Scott Lollar
    A Traditional (once Old Style) dancer
    Scott

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Quick to judge,
    Quick to anger,
    Slow to understand
    Ignorance and prejudice
    And fear walk hand in hand.
    --Neal Peart(from the song Witch Hunt)

  • #2
    At a Gathering that I went to a couple years ago, it was the women who danced with gourds tied to their knees. I have a bad back, and hips, and it just looked soooo uncomfortable. I was under the impression it is a very old traditional Cherokee dance. But I could be wrong! I hope someone answers this, and we will both learn!
    Your Heart Shows by how Your Words and Actions Affect Others.

    Nah I ain't NO WANNABE! I don't gotta wannabe when people wannabe like me!

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    • #3
      try these for starters

      http://www.powwows.com/dance/gourd.shtml

      http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=3393

      http://www.gourddancing.homestead.com/

      http://www.powwows.com/gathering/sho...&threadid=1717
      PB49

      "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

      "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


      My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Tsiniti
        At a Gathering that I went to a couple years ago, it was the women who danced with gourds tied to their knees. I have a bad back, and hips, and it just looked soooo uncomfortable. I was under the impression it is a very old traditional Cherokee dance. But I could be wrong! I hope someone answers this, and we will both learn!

        Different dance altogether.

        :)

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        • #5
          gourd dance

          You could try going to Anadarko or some places near there. The Kiowa own it. (let's not start that can of worms again) Up in Kiowa land are the best places. I was taught by Billy Horse but I don't know if he is still chairman and has time but you might call the tribal offices.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by park



            Different dance altogether.

            :)
            Ok no problem! Thanks
            Your Heart Shows by how Your Words and Actions Affect Others.

            Nah I ain't NO WANNABE! I don't gotta wannabe when people wannabe like me!

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            • #7
              Do you ever get to SanAntonio dances? You may ask some of the Veterans there. A friend of mine that would be able to point you in the right direction is Erwin De Luna(from San Antonio area). If you come to the Way South Powwow in McAllen TX I'm sure I can help you with some info. as can Gary Kodaseet, or others.

              You may want to go to Carnegie OK or the area. Anyone there could give you the straight of the story.
              BOB

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              • #8
                Actually, I het the Four Winds powwow this past weekend in Killeen - that was fun! They had Scissortail and Thunder Horse drumming, but I missed the Gourd Dancing. This weekend, I'd love to hit the TIHA powwow in Llano, but it's a bit too far away. So, I heard about a powwow in Azle, TX (north of Ft. Worth) that I'm going to go to tonight. Alas, I won't be able to dance - I'll miss Grand Entry - but it'll be fun to visit and talk and see the sights tonight. Let me know when those San Antonio powwows are, and I'll definitely try to make it down for a couple. Any invite I get, I try to take seriously and try to attend. Family and life have a way of, well, being family and life. So, sometimes I can't get away to the more distant powwows. But, I certainly give it a try!
                And thank you all for posting on this thread - there has been some great info. I printed a lot of it (from the web) and gave it to my father. I hope to be able to talk about it with him this weekend. I want to make him a gourd rattle and I have a friend that was given a coffee can full of mescal beans that I want to make into a bandolier for him(they aren't pre-drilled - Ouch!!). So, I can get him started on the path, hopefully, in the next couple of months.
                Thanks again,
                Scott Lollar
                Scott

                ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                Quick to judge,
                Quick to anger,
                Slow to understand
                Ignorance and prejudice
                And fear walk hand in hand.
                --Neal Peart(from the song Witch Hunt)

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                • #9
                  Welp

                  Its the dance before the grand entry that gives me just a few more minutes to hustle and get ready cuz im always on NDN time!!!
                  LOL!!!:p

                  Jus kiddin! the websites were actually quiet helpful in my research to find out what gourd dancing is cuz i've always been curious and in the dark about it.
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                  • #10
                    Gourd dancing is a great thing to do, but like many other types of special dances it is something that was part of different warrior societys. The Kiowas claim the songs and dance, and so do the Commaches. We can go on and on about where it comes from. Its sort of like the Sun dance or the brush dance. There are many storys about its origins.

                    But to the Kiowas, the songs came from the Red Wolf, and he taught a young man about the songs and the dance. The Kiowas had a society called the Tom-Pa-ga(spelling, not sure). Like many other dances it died out due to the goverment control, and or not enough funding. But in the 60's or seventy's it was restarted and it spread like wild fire across Oklahoma. Now you will only have dances with Gourd dancing only. Theres alittle, there is much more out there. I hope I do not offend. If any one has any complaints pm me and I will respond.........TMS
                    If I do not know the answer someone else will!!!!
                    Also forgive me, this system does not have a spell check so forgive the bad spelling

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                    • #11
                      elouise

                      You are in the wrong area. try chit chat.

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                      • #12
                        Scott...

                        You might want to check out the Austin ISD powwow that is coming up the first weekend of November. I believe the website is www.austinpowwow.org. (My apologies if it is incorrect). Not sure if there will be any gourd dancing there, but I hear it is a good powwow.

                        tcumonster

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                        • #13
                          scottlollar

                          Originally posted by scottlollar
                          Let me know when those San Antonio powwows are, and I'll definitely try to make it down for a couple. Any invite I get, I try to take seriously and try to attend.


                          Take a look at this website.....


                          United San Antonio

                          This will give you and idea of the powwows that are happening in the area and the next one for SA.....

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                          • #14
                            CHEROSAGE

                            Originally posted by CHEROSAGE
                            If you come to the Way South Powwow in McAllen TX I'm sure I can help you with some info.
                            Hope to see you there, I plan on going.... are you going to the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Gourd Dance in Natalia?? on Sunday?? Many from SA that are attending the way south are going. I know Mr De Luna, Mike Gonzales and more are planning to attend... if you need more info....check this out

                            Viet Nam Memorial Info



                            :p have to put a plug where I can ( I am the webmaster)

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                            • #15
                              Hey Pupdog:

                              yes we still plan on going to waysouth dance and on our way home we will stop in and take part in that Vet dance. I must admit though that I'm not a Viet Nam Vet, just a Vet.(RET.)

                              To bad they aren't going to have a stomp along with it.

                              See you there. I am a 6' 3" Straight dancer Osage style.
                              BOB

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