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    At some powwows where I now live, I have noticed during the grand entry, women in buckskins who line up face the center and dance with their fans raised thoughout the song. Also during some intertribals some of these same women dance with their fans raised out in front of them.

    Anybody seen this?

    Whatcha think?
    Powwows will continue to evolve in many directions. It is inevitable.

  • #2
    They are just trying to keep the sun off their face! haha.......

    seriously....i've never seen that.
    Are you taking me to sizzler??

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    • #3
      Where do you live now?
      I have seen that down around Chi-town, and a few ladies in heavy plains style regalia in the southeast (hard to tell who is from where down there)
      But yup I seen it.

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      • #4
        I've traveled a fair bit but the only places I've seen it have been in area around IN, KY and OH. There some ladies (jingle and shawl dancers too) do it during the flag song and the veteran's song. I suspect it to be a regional thing rather than the tradition of any particular nation. But I don't know. Still, I wonder if the song is long, wouldn't the arm get sore after awhile?

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        • #5
          Up here in S.E. Ontario we raise our fans during the veterans song as the veterans pass by us while they dance (but not the whole song). I don't know if it's regional, I have only danced in this area.

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          • #6
            At our powwow it happens too, a true sign of respect to the veterans that served for our countries, both sides of the border!
            A few years ago one Grandmother yelled hoka hey as she raised hers to the sky! You should have seen the crowd react, floored that a woman of such stature would be honouring the vets this way!
            Listen to my heart, not just my mouth! The most powerfull thing we can do is,,,share,,, if we don't it dies with us.

            It is the year of the bear, I am sharpening my claws and will no longer tollerate harrassment.

            Born in Winnipeg raised in the Pikwakanagan, Deutschland was never home! Army brat that had no choice in a parents duties to home and country. I Too Serve our flag and work for the uniform.
            Stand behind our troops or stand IN FRONT of them.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by WhoMe View Post
              At some powwows where I now live, I have noticed during the grand entry, women in buckskins who line up face the center and dance with their fans raised thoughout the song. Also during some intertribals some of these same women dance with their fans raised out in front of them.

              Anybody seen this?

              Whatcha think?
              Can you describe what these women look like, (i.e., color of hair, skin, eyes)?


              Why must I feel like that..why must I chase the cat?


              "When I was young man I did some dumb things and the elders would talk to me. Sometimes I listened. Time went by and as I looked around...I was the elder".

              Mr. Rossie Freeman

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              • #8
                I was taught to raise my flag during the veteran's song until they passed us. I think it's a regional thing too. I have seen some women hold their's up during the flag song as well.

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                • #9
                  Hey Allen keep it up and the raised fans may be held up for you one day!!! That is one heck of an honour when they do this, to joe's dad, any hair colour, heck mohawk hair cuts go to any flourescent colour know to any man at the time of day when he sees the sun toooo long!
                  Listen to my heart, not just my mouth! The most powerfull thing we can do is,,,share,,, if we don't it dies with us.

                  It is the year of the bear, I am sharpening my claws and will no longer tollerate harrassment.

                  Born in Winnipeg raised in the Pikwakanagan, Deutschland was never home! Army brat that had no choice in a parents duties to home and country. I Too Serve our flag and work for the uniform.
                  Stand behind our troops or stand IN FRONT of them.

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                  • #10
                    WhoMe...you're not going to find anything in historical tradition for this practice.

                    Now, for last year's tradition or last decade's tradition...sure...there's a lot of stuff that's been made up.

                    The way I see it...it's odd, but it doesn't really hurt anyone so who cares? LOL
                    I think everyone on this rez is addicted to Harry Potter...lol...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by this is me View Post
                      I was taught to raise my flag during the veteran's song until they passed us. I think it's a regional thing too. I have seen some women hold their's up during the flag song as well.
                      Ok, I REALLY have to quit leaving my husband logged in! I meant raise my fan (not flag) during the veteran's song. Jeez, I can't believe I did that. Anyways....I was taught to raise my fan until they passed. I was just taught it was for respect.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Joe's Dad View Post
                        Can you describe what these women look like, (i.e., color of hair, skin, eyes)?
                        J.D your too funny but get your point, wich reminds me of a pow-wow we decided to check out just for the hec of it and I decided to dress, well while danceing four rather interresting ladies came to me and let me know that I wasnt doing it rite by not raising my fan when they thought I should of been and proceded to teache me lol
                        Last edited by Eagle Plumes; 01-21-2009, 08:28 AM.
                        I got a fevah! And the only cure is more cowbell!!!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Eagle Plumes View Post
                          J.D your too funny but get your point, wich reminds me of a pow-wow we decided to check out just for the hec of it and I decided to dress, well while danceing four rather interresting ladies came to me and let me know that I wasnt doing it rite by not raising my fan when they thought I should of been and proceded to teache me lol
                          Can you describe what these women look like, (i.e., color of hair, skin, eyes)?


                          Why must I feel like that..why must I chase the cat?


                          "When I was young man I did some dumb things and the elders would talk to me. Sometimes I listened. Time went by and as I looked around...I was the elder".

                          Mr. Rossie Freeman

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Joe's Dad View Post
                            Can you describe what these women look like, (i.e., color of hair, skin, eyes)?
                            they were real lookers al the same shade of eddy munster black hair, and turquoise buckskins. I sent em yer way and ahead of time your welcome lol
                            I got a fevah! And the only cure is more cowbell!!!

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                            • #15
                              I'm in the same area as WhoMe, and I've seen that done, too.

                              It wasn't the way I was raised, but to each their own.

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