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Article: Dances

Dances are not social gatherings they are all connected with prayer and always were.

Two most common views of songs are:
the song is a personal gift from the Creator and the words are known by and important to only the performer and the Creator.

Worshippers' utterances in many world traditions carry a similar meaning- the words and melodies convey the deepest and profound expression of the heart and soul and do not require the trappings of formal language to communicate the content fully.

Vocables represent either the remnants or fragments of an archaic tribal language or may be an effort to imitate the sounds of the language of another language form which the song was obtained.

The traditional round dance song of the Plains tribes may be divided into several distinct sections:

Lead- an introduction normally sung by one person, sung in vocals.

Second: a repeat of the lead sung by the entire group. Often. the second overlaps the lead by one person. Sung in vocals.

Chorus: the main verse of the song sung by entire group. The vocals may be, an original Native Language, English or any combination.

First ending: a brief section often sung on a single pitch at the end of the chorus. Sung in vocals.

Final ending: a brief code similar to the other endings but with a drum cue indicating that this is the final ending.

The round dance is done by all joining hands and dancing in a circle. Children are to dance in the inner circle and the other people on the outer circles. This is to protect them.

Fancy shawl; This is a womens version of the fancy dance. Beautifully designed shawls with embroidery, woven designs or beadwork, feature prominently in the dancers' regalia and the dance steps display high intricate steps, turns and much individual creativity.

Grass dance: dance regalia is distinguished by the porcupine-hair ribbons, yarn, fancy beadwork, features. Large sleigh bells are tied to the ankles. the steps are to their own invention. In the competition the dancers must try and end their steps firmly on the final drumbeat.

Jingle dance: The steps to this are low and barely leave the ground, as was given in a dream by a woman with child. This tradition has changed because of the competitions

Hoop dance: the hoop dance is an individual dance. The performer uses many hoops to defy create intricate patterns representing animals, birds flowers which give aid to human beings. This dance is said to represent the emergence of humans into this world. Many dancers interweave all of their hoops at the end of a sequence of figures to create a representation of the globe with interlocking circles of all living beings.