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
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.
traditional round dance song of the Plains tribes may
be divided into several distinct sections:
Lead- an introduction normally sung by one person, sung
Second: a repeat of the lead sung by the entire group.
Often. the second overlaps the lead by one person. Sung
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
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
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.