Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

What is Chicken dancing?

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • What is Chicken dancing?

    What is chicken dancing? I know they dress a little differently, some wear tights... But other than that, can someone please explain the chicken dance. There are a few chicken dance songs as well, in powwow music country, and to tell you the truth, I can't find a big difference. Your help would be appreciated. Thanks.
    :p cool indin woman :p

  • #2
    ask Elmo...aye i jokes....:P
    .o0~CLAY~0o.

    Comment


    • #3
      An elder told me about a hill in eastern Montana, called Chicken Hill ("shiobaha"), so named for the prairie chickens found dancing there. Their dance was taught to men, and it continues to this day. So says the old story.

      Historically, this style is sort-of a predecessor to Fancy Dancing but it has been making a strong comeback. Chicken Dancers usually are registered along with Northern Tradish at contest, though some powwows have chicken dance specials. I have yet to see a powwow where chicken dancers are their own category, though I have heard people (both the chicken dancers and the straight tradish) wanting this. There has recently been some discussion on other threads regarding the growing trend to sing Duck and Dive during chicken dance specials.

      Guys dancing this way tend to wear very flamboyant regalia colors with flowery designs, round bustles with matching side bustles on the shoulders. Their movements immitate strutting roosters, preening themselves.
      "Friends don't let friends drink decaf..."
      Wakalapi's $49 unlimited phone service www.49deal.com

      Comment


      • #4
        Wakalapi,

        I do believe Chilliwack pow-wow now has the Chicken Dance as its own category now. Sort of neat to see.

        Although it's a bit amusing to see men strut around in tights *grinz*

        R.

        Comment


        • #5
          LMAO @ tights remark!!

          Ennit though??? LOL I like the chicken dance....

          The songs dont vary to much from like a crow hop style sounding song. I think its just the difference in outfit.....ennit?
          ..::First ever 2002-2003 Powwows.com Princess::..
          ~*~*~* The original POWWOWCHIC49 *~*~*~
          *~*JINGLE IT*~*

          Comment


          • #6
            I finally got to see a Chicken Dance at the Way South Powwow, this last weekend. The Head man was a lakota Tradish and was one of the dancers that performed this dance.

            He did a fine job for a big guy. In my mind that is the chicken dance until I see it done differently. It was a very good dance and I enjoyed it. The guest Northern drum offered the song and Dan said it was a good song for the dance.

            Still it does'nt match up to a good night of Stomp dancing!!!!!!!
            BOB

            Comment


            • #7
              This Dakota friend of mine from Crow Creek rez saw them for the first time, tights with flowers and butterfly embroidery, pink and pastel colors, foo-faw fluff feather accents ..... the first thing she said was "what's this a winkte wacipi?"

              Don't take this the wrong way, chicken dancers, but ya can understand why I totally busted a gut when she said that...
              "Friends don't let friends drink decaf..."
              Wakalapi's $49 unlimited phone service www.49deal.com

              Comment


              • #8
                The songs dont vary to much from like a crow hop style sounding song. I think its just the difference in outfit.....ennit?
                It depends on what kind of songs the Chicken Dancers get. A lot of time they get the old style double beat crow hop, sometimes they get combination songs (double beat crow hop-straight-shake), sometimes they get straight songs, sometimes they get a duck and dive. It depends on the discretion of the person running the contest.
                It is so sad that a family can torn apart by something as simple as a wild pack of dogs.

                Comment


                • #9
                  ask Elmo...aye i jokes....:P
                  ha datz whut i wuz gonna say.....lol
                  ~*~¤(¯`·._» >The Prettiest People do the Ugliest things <«_.·´¯)¤ ~*~

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Thanks everyone for your replies! That helps a lot. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out. If you have any more tips & stuff, please post away! ;)
                    :p cool indin woman :p

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      LMAO
                      :NoNo Cant win all the time


                      ~ If I told you I loved you, would u hold me in your arms so tight, If I told you I loved you, Would you be mine, mine for ever ~


                      ~ U may shoot me with your words, U may cut me with your eyes, U may kill me with your hatefulness, BUT STILL LIKE AIR I'LL RISE ~

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Chicken Dance

                        What I heard is like what "Wakalapi" said, there's a place outside of a town on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation called Wolf Point, Montana. There is a place near there that is called Siyo Baha or Chicken Hill, in the Nakota language . This is was along the Highline, Highway 2 that runs along northern Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota and east.

                        A long time ago in the buffalo days, a man went hunting early one morning. It was really foggy outside, so the man decided to wait for the fog to clear and then he would continue hunting. He went up on this hill, above the layer of fog to wait. As he sat there waiting, he fell asleep.

                        While he was lying there asleep, he heard some noise ("Dig'dee" Dig'dee") and when he looked there were Prairie Chickens dancing all around him on that hill. As one of them Prairie Chickens danced by he asked him what they were doing, the Prairie Chicken replied "we are dancing".

                        How do you do that, the man asked? The Prairie Chicken held up his wings and said like this. He showed the man how to dance like the Prairie Chickens do. The man woke up from his dream and when he returned home, he shared his dream with his people.

                        The male Prairie Chickens dance for the female hens each spring during courtship and mating. They puff out their chests, stomp their feet, shake their heads, fan their tail feathers out in a round fashion and dance. As the male Praire Chicken dances he also throws his top feathers down towards the ground. This is all done to attract the attention of the hens.

                        That's why Prairie Chicken dancers have those two top feathers with fluffs on the tips. As they dance they are supposed to also bend downwards so the top feathers drop forward and towards the ground. There are various songs that go with this dance and they even have ceremonies much like the Grass Dance Society.

                        You can watch Praire Chickens do this dance during the spring months, early in the morning. You can also hear the sound that they make as they dance (Dig'dee, Dig'dee)The white man calls these places Lekks, where Praire Chickens can be found. :)

                        Comment

                        Join the online community forum celebrating Native American Culture, Pow Wows, tribes, music, art, and history.

                        Related Topics

                        Collapse

                        • marichriaddi
                          the chicken dance..its my favorite
                          by marichriaddi
                          I saw a lot of neat things take place growing up on the powwow trail. At my very own reservation’s Arlee Powwow, I watched the prairie chicken dance emerge. I watched as our cousin tribe, the Spokane, also helped to resurrect the dying category. Every year, the Arlee powwow committee and a...
                          10-16-2007, 05:15 PM
                        • marichriaddi
                          the chicken dance..its my favorite
                          by marichriaddi
                          I saw a lot of neat things take place growing up on the powwow trail. At my very own reservation’s Arlee Powwow, I watched the prairie chicken dance emerge. I watched as our cousin tribe, the Spokane, also helped to resurrect the dying category. Every year, the Arlee powwow committee and a man...
                          10-16-2007, 05:15 PM
                        • 1800s_indian
                          Chicken Dancing out of hand
                          by 1800s_indian
                          Who agrees? Chicken dancing has joined the many other exploited dancing styles, tainted by cash payouts. Tribal people from all over are trying to copy a style of dancing that they know little about much less how is should be danced. Judges perception of the dance style is skewed by mainstream or popular...
                          05-03-2006, 03:56 AM
                        • peguis_butterfly
                          chicken and tradish
                          by peguis_butterfly
                          hey everyone...

                          I'm a smidge confused and could use all your wisdom

                          What am I confused about you ask? well, I need someone to explain the difference between chicken and traditional style dancing. Is there a difference? Or is it just traditional dancers dancing...
                          07-12-2006, 04:24 PM
                        • uw_n8iv
                          Roundbustle Vs. Chicken Dance
                          by uw_n8iv
                          What do you guys think about having Roundbustle/Chicken Dance combined specials?
                          I know some people got mad at our committee for combining the two into one special. Some people said that Chicken Dance/Roundbustle combined specials are contributing to the confusion that chicken dance & round...
                          07-27-2004, 05:27 PM

                        Trending

                        Collapse

                        There are no results that meet this criteria.

                        Sidebar Ad

                        Collapse
                        Working...
                        X