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    I went to a "gathering" this Sat up by Indy. Reason why I call it a "gathering" is there is no way I would call this a powwow!! The hubby and I didn't even stay a full 20 min. Reason I was there that long was I saw someone I knew that was trading and they had beadsssssssssss!!

    Anyway........ this "gathering" was getting ready to start and yeah..... had a head man, head lady. They called for a drum and I saw no drum but instead they turned on a fricken tape player!! Anyway...... there is another thread about all that...... but what I'm talking about here puzzled the heck outta me.

    They had a woman that wanted to bring her little boy into the circle. He was a baby in arms. So they had the dance. Then the mc (only one that looked like there may have been some native genes in him) Announced something like this... Now what is done when we have a ceremony such as this is a tradition that has been passed down to us by the elders thru the generations. In keeping with this tradition we are going to do what is called a "pressing of the skin" ceremony. He went on and on....blah blah blah....... then said what this ceremony tradition consists of is when you come out and greet this mother on this boys behalf you take a dollar out of your pocket and press it into the skin of her hand. Don't get me wrong.........the dude was stone cold serious!!!

    What I'm wondering....... have any of you outside Indiana ever heard it called that??????

    oh... I just have to say......... Never ........never ever....... in the history of my entire life have I ever seen so many fur covered beings outside of the zoo!!!!!!!!
    "We see it as a desecration not only of a mountain but of our way of life. This is a genocidal issue to us. If they kill this mountain, they kill our way of life." ~Debra White Plume

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    Nope. Never heard of this before. Well, did the mother at least keep the dollar bills?
    Through the good times and bad times, always pray.

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    • #3
      Again... wow... never heard of such a thing either in the midwest or Pacific NW... or Indiana either for that matter... and I been doing pow wows over there for years... again... wow!

      Paselo
      I became a singer because I love to sing... and to feed my addiction to cough drops!

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      • #4
        Sounds like a cheap attempt at being funny about a ceremony.
        There are 2 types of people in the world...
        Really stupid people who think they are smart
        and
        Really smart people who think they are smart.

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        • #5
          By foregoing the blanket dance, perhaps they figure they don't have to clean the blanket?
          Ya'at'eeh! Walk with Beauty, Live with Pride!

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          • #6
            I agree with BillieJoe,sounds to me like the man was trying to get a laugh from the NDN spectators,and had there been more than a handful of NDNs(and those that understand NDN humor)he might have got the response he was fishing for....keep smilin'1

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            • #7
              Maybe they meant for the people to Press her a buck to help pay the drum and announcer.....??? I heard of that, but not pressing of skin....or whatever.....Thats the category that goes into....The "Whatever" category!
              Ipsica Waci
              Wicahpi Eyoyambya Olowan

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              • #8
                Like I said before..... the dude was completely serious! I mean he did not have a smile or nothing. I heard one of the people that looked up to this guy as their leader or whatever say " this is what we always do". So go figure.

                And mother didn't keep the money.
                "We see it as a desecration not only of a mountain but of our way of life. This is a genocidal issue to us. If they kill this mountain, they kill our way of life." ~Debra White Plume

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                • #9
                  This is how white people learn the wrong ways. He kids about something and they take it serious.
                  There are 2 types of people in the world...
                  Really stupid people who think they are smart
                  and
                  Really smart people who think they are smart.

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                  • #10
                    During honor dances I've seen people slip a family member money during a handshake to help out with the giveaway or the drum. But, I've never seen it used as a ceremony. In the honor dance it is very low key. This sounds like a crop circle tribe thing to me.

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                    • #11
                      ROFLMAO!!! Funny you should mention the "crop circle" tribe thing. I was thinking "children of the corn"!!! Afterall, it is Indiana ya know!!


                      BJJB....... Like I've said before..... I've been around powwows for several decades ( yeah.. i'm old ....so? *lol*) and I have heard good jokes......bad jokes..... and a multitude of stupid ones. Never have I heard or seen something like this. I'm tellin ya.............. the dude was SERIOUS!!!! I know all too well about ndn humor and yeah...... I've pulled stuff myself pretending to be serious.......but this dude was stone cold serious. You had to be there to get the feel for it. I mean every activity stopped there. Traders came and stood outside their booths. It was freaky.
                      "We see it as a desecration not only of a mountain but of our way of life. This is a genocidal issue to us. If they kill this mountain, they kill our way of life." ~Debra White Plume

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                      • #12
                        I usually press the skin like that, not for naming or for ceremony, but for buying my weed.

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                        • #13
                          Crop circles!!!!

                          In the east, particularly in Maryland, there is the toilet bowl. After each song everyone cirlce around and out of the arbor, looks like a toilet flushing. For grand entry they come in 4 different directions.
                          There are 2 types of people in the world...
                          Really stupid people who think they are smart
                          and
                          Really smart people who think they are smart.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by billyjoejimbob
                            Crop circles!!!!

                            For grand entry they come in 4 different directions.


                            m'k. So umm, does the sun come up in all four directions there too? Sounds confusing, which direction are the flags coming in? Head man? Head Lady? Is there a big collision in the middle?

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                            • #15
                              I hadn't seen that at a powwow in Maryland, of course I have only been to the ones we have and Baltimore and Piscataway years ago.
                              Becky B.

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