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  • Eagle Plumes
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    Cloth

    Ive read many good points on here I have been cloth all my life because it was what my family asked of me but after my mothers passing I was told if I should want to try out another stile i could so when I was ready to start thinking about it I started studing Jingle Im six years into my studies and my dress is almost done but cloth will always be my #1 choice I remember holding on to my aunties fringe as we danced together song aftr song so cloth of course has my fondest memories. Now I problem i have had when i was younger before I entered womans they would try to move me up with the older because of the way I danced I would of much rathred stayed with the gals my age but for some reason some places felt the need to bump me up a spot wich was so scarry! but i held my head high and danced my best i diddnt at that age place very high but third was there at times wich I diddnt think was to bad considering I was dancing with ladies half my age.

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  • Mary E. Keeler
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    I think it's really great for a young lady to want to go the tradish route. If that's what's calling you, then that's where you need to be. My neice is 8y/o and she's dancing tradish. She said she likes the other styles but want to be like her Auntie and Grandmother. So she'll keep a family "tradition" going. I hope you really enjoy the dancing, and preparing your regalia. It's very exciting. I've noticed sometimes that in your category there won't be enough and they'll combine it with buckskin, which is okay. Just fix your self up, and get out there and dance.

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  • lil_native_plume_23
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    here in oklahoma there are alot of girls cloth. i am 17 and this past summer at some pw's i had to move into womens it is scary i am just happy that i made into finals and i placed a few times it suprised so much i was cheesin big!! i just love dancing so it dont really matter what age division i am in.

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  • butterflynwind
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    What do you think about the future of southern cloth traditional

    I personaly think that it will always be around even in younger ones.It dosn't really matter what your peers dance.It is more important what you are more comfortable with.What makes you feel confident and proud of your self.When I was 10 years old I learned that dance first before anything else.When I teach someone(a child or adult) to dance I always teach them Southern traditional first.

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  • wazi
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    future of southern cloth, what a good question

    what a good question! I've been on powwow committees here on the west coast and we see very few girls/teens dancing southern cloth or any tradish style at all. I very much admire the ones who do, because I think it takes a certain courage to do something so very different from what your peers are doing; out here the girls all love to do fancy shawl or jingle. Even so, I don't think I'd allow a teen to dance in the adult category at our powwow. I think it's more appropriate that she competes in her age group, even though she may not place against the more active styles. Most judges we choose would give credit in that way to a young'un who is outstanding in that style.

    and here's the bonus to it: the young woman who starts so.cloth when she's young is probably the one who's going to consistently place/win when she does enter adult category, cause she's had many years of experience behind her. I agree with whomever said there will be changes and years when it seems like no one is doing it, but I believe it will keep on keepin' on. for one thing, there are lots of us aunties & granmas who will encourage our young women to step out there and continue that graceful, powerful kind of dancing as an honor to their women ancestors. Keep dancin and you'll be a champion!

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  • Beth
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    I have found that it also depends on where you are attending the dance. You find it much more west of the Mississippi.
    You see.

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  • missy
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    What do you think about the future of southern cloth traditional?

    I gotta put my two cents in on this one... I've danced southern traditional, since I could walk. I was taught that once you're initiated into a particular style of dance, that is the right that you are given, so I'll always be partical to southern traditional. Just recently, within the past couple of years, I started dancing Southern Buckskin... but I have to admit that I enjoy dancing cloth a lot more, because I have a larger variety in outfits. I'm sorry, but unlike many of the woman I've seen lately, I can't afford to change my Buckskin regalia by the days. I have madd props for those of you who can... sheesh. One thing that I've noticed, maybe it's just me, or the Arizona water... but around here, more and more people are entering southern traditional cloth, and unfortunately, they conclude that it's "easier." Which is upsetting to me... but we won't go into that. Last year was the first time I entered the woman's category... not by choice, but by old age... and it's pretty intimidating, really. These are the same women, that I've looked up to all these years, and rather than watch from afar, I'm out in the arena with them. Talk about knocking knees and sweaty palms. I'm pretty sure that we won't be seeing a drought of southern dancers... maybe just a break, while the new ones are busting out with some grace and style...

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  • Okwataga
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    dancinfreak
    what do you dance now? Sure southern is smooth and gracefull, but so is northern
    i mean really see how different the ladies dance, and stay upbeat.
    I also like to watch jingle dancers with the side step, that sure can wipe you out.
    But my first love will always be southern cloth, not only am I from the south, my tirbe is southern
    and it just feels right to me

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  • Dancinfreek
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    hey everyone! i used to dance southern and i must say that out of all the styles that southern is the most graceful. the regalia i wore had a blue dress with either my stars or my butterfly waist shawl. i was lucky enough to be given a bunch of beadwork form when my mother used to be into southern. hope everything is weel with everyone!

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  • Ayita16
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    I mean understand some of him having money problems but if i went to a powwow and they did that to me. I come to powwows to honor my family not just to dance for money. But i would want to dance alone and still get my money. I would want people to focus there eyes on my moves ya know?!? But anyways this is just my thought in this world aiight
    peace out keep it real
    ~Ayita~:Angel2 :Angel: :Mad :p

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  • TJFS
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    deltadawn, i think thats exactly what they are trying to do, save money. i think if you are the only one in ur category, you won 1st place. this year they have to decided to do a winner take all, no 2nd place, no 3rd place.

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  • Okwataga
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    St Mtn

    A -
    plan to see you kicking it up at Stone Mtn.
    Hope Henri is done with the dress.:Chatter
    Hope to see others there too, Hopefully Bobbi Orr remember sher dress this time.
    her and R.C. drove all the way to mt Juliet and she left her dress at home...
    can you beleive after all these years?? But it was still good to she her there.

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  • Ayita16
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    Hey everyone thanks for replying i love all the discussion ithink its going very good. Anyways i am still waiting for my dress one of my close friends is going to make it for me. Anyways i agree i would love to compete against the woman who i have watched since i was a baby dancing and be able to compete against them it would be a honor to do it. Anyways i have been so busy lately let me tell you i hate homework! ITS EVIL!!!!!!!!~ Anyways any of ya'll going to the stone mountain ga powwow nov 1-4?
    keep it real
    ~Ayita~:Angel2

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  • Beth
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    It never hurts to see how you can do in the next class up. We have given several you ladies who are about a year or two
    younger than the age for princess sit in to hear what some of the
    questions the might be asked of them and to get them informed about what the committee expects of them. Not all committees want the same thing from their princess. Have even let some go out and dance without the judges considering them seriously.
    They had a blast doing it. If they decide to go out later, they will have an idea what they are getting into.:p

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  • Okwataga
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    Dontwanna argue - I can appreciate not going to senior division just yet, still in my thirties, I think I missed the point I was trying to make. I know young girls really don't want to move into golden age(hehehe) at least not yet for me.

    TradisjingleFancyShawl - You cannot really be forced to move to a high category even if there are no other dfancers or not enough in that category. If you registered as say: juniors ages 12-16, and you are the only one, yes you pretty much won, but you should still dance, that is what you are there for?, unless the pow wow committee wants to save money and try to make you move up, you really do not have to move up, you are in your category, if that is where you wish to stay. But I do see a lot of juniors or teens move up to see how they compete against an older division.

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