Traditional dance parties
August 1, 2011 7:07 PM Subscribe
posted by Deflagro (18 comments total)
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A modern day pow wow
is a Native American social gathering for dancing, singing, and honoring customs and traditions.
There are several different styles of dancing at a pow wow.
is the center of the pow wow. It is highly respected as it is seen as a link to the Creator and as a way of hearing the heartbeat of Mother Earth. There are two types of singing: Northern and Southern. Northern style features higher pitched singing while Southern is lower. Honor beats are the loud drum beats throughout a song that tell the dancers to honor the drum. The dancers acknowledge these by raising what they are holding or by bowing to the drum (depending on the dance style). Here is an Online Radio
with plenty of examples of both styles.
Also a previous thread on pow wow images