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  • #16
    :o Well for the past year and some change I've been dancing Northern Traditional. And just recently started placing. So I must be getting better. I use to dance fancy but injured my knee and was scared to hurt it again. Although I love Northern Traditional I also miss dancing fancy.

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    • #17
      I dance Northern Golden Age. Round dance is my favorites. :)

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      • #18
        holding babies while dancing

        NOw I'm confused! I've danced in OK and seen plenty of grandparents (mas and pas) dancing with babies in their arms. Wrong? I never knew!

        I've not seen it done here in the East though. But I did see a nursing mom have her cloth dress cut like a trad buckskin with the detachable bodice and underneath she had a nursing top sewn tot he top of the skirt. didn't notice it until we were sitting in the arbor and I looked at her to speak and there were these little feet sticking out!
        LadyTrad in NE US
        " F is for friends who do stuff together, U is for U and Me. N is for anywhere and anytime at all down here in the deep blue sea!" - SpongeBob SquarePants

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        • #19
          Re: holding babies while dancing

          Originally posted by LadyTradNE
          [B]NOw I'm confused! I've danced in OK and seen plenty of grandparents (mas and pas) dancing with babies in their arms. Wrong? I never knew!

          ]

          Thats not a belief in every tribe, us ojibwe have a strong belief in not dancing while pregnant or carrying our children in the arbor. I know some other tribes share that belief also. Hope that helps you to understand it better!

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          • #20
            Well to answer the original question.....Northern Womens Traditional here!!:)

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            • #21
              I dance northern style. I love the southern style dresses, though. The more I see them the more I like them. They're so pretty and intricate; not too overdone or too heavy(it seems!). I prefer our northern style of dance, though...much nicer to my back and knees! LOL

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              • #22
                Well, I come from a southern tribe, so I dance southern, but I think that both styles are equally beautiful!

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by morningstarwoman
                  Well, I come from a southern tribe, so I dance southern, but I think that both styles are equally beautiful!
                  have to agree with you on that one...:)

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                  • #24
                    Both northern and southern buckskin dancing is beautiful.

                    But like Indian singing . . . "A lousy dancer can make a beautiful outfit look bad!"

                    Back to the question of why do some northern women restrain from entering the powwow arena while pregnant.

                    Answer:

                    Tribes of both the north and south had this custom. It was not only limited to women who were pregnant. It also included women who were on their monthly cycle.

                    Without going into detail. Ask a traditionalist who understands male Indian medicine and the effects of a pregnant woman or one who's on their cylcle.

                    "nuff said."
                    Powwows will continue to evolve in many directions. It is inevitable.

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                    • #25
                      Northern traditional all the way!!
                      I'm finally replacing my fringe with some new hide, so I will be dancing this summer once again. See you on the trail!
                      Just a quick comment on pregnant women dancing...what that Eagle Clan guy said is true. I remember dancing at this one pow-wow in Manitoba a few years back and there was this woman dancing in an inter-tribal carrying a baby. This well-known medicine man who was dancing went up to the M.C. and talked about how if you choose to dance with your babies then it is the same as offering your child/ren to whoever wants that baby. What he meant was it is just like giving your baby away, and he said because you are doing that, and although you may not even aware of it, I can go and take that baby from you and keep it, that is my right, that is anyones' right. This makes perfect sense to me since as dancers we are (or should be but I wonder how many of us actually do) offering our prayers, we are offering ourselves, in the circle by dancing. We are supposed to be praying. As for dancing while pregnant, I think women should know better, and simply be more respectful of life. What is more important - the health and safety of your unborn child, or missing out on one pow-wow season?!

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by traditional dancer
                        This makes perfect sense to me since as dancers, we are offering ourselves, in the circle by dancing.
                        Dayuuuum, does that mean if I see a beautiful ndn girl dancing in the arena I like I can take her back to camp. Since she is offering herself by dancing in the circle. If thats how they do it in Canada I'm like so there. Hey you know whoyou are, I'm going to a powwow near you very soon.:D

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by SNAGgles
                          Dayuuuum, does that mean if I see a beautiful ndn girl dancing in the arena I like I can take her back to camp. Since she is offering herself by dancing in the circle. If thats how they do it in Canada I'm like so there. Hey you know whoyou are, I'm going to a powwow near you very soon.:D
                          EWW! No, obviously what I meant was we are offering ourselves to the Creator by praying, by dancing...

                          :NoNo sicko!

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by traditional dancer
                            EWW! :NoNo sicko!
                            SNAGgles a sicko? LMAO not SNAGgles. LOL :Chatter
                            The only time its too late to start dancing is when you're dead.

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