Wa©iöi: the story of the Rabbit Dance.
hunter, had left camp during the winter to hunt for food.
As he was hunting, a blizzard came and he became lost.
For many hours he wandered around lost. All of a sudden,
over the howl of the wind, he could hear the beat of a
drum. So he followed the sound, thinking it would lead
him back to his people.
came closer, he could not recognize the sound of this
drum beat. He thought he had come to an enemy camp and
became frightened. But he was brave and went on until
he came to a clearing in the woods. He recognized the
clearing and knew he was not too far from camp.
clearing, he could see several large jack rabbits. The
rabbits were dancing in pairs. Their arms were crossed
and they were holding each other's front paws. They had
formed a large circle and what he thought was the beat
of the drum, was really their hind feet thumping on the
frozen ground as they danced.
their dance and watched them for quite some time. Finally,
he decided he had to go home, because he knew all his
relatives would be worried about him. As he came near,
his mother, father and all his relatives, came out to
meet him. They were so happy, that he had found his way
his relatives of what had happened and about the dancing
rabbits. Using a hand drum, he showed them the dance he
had seen. For the rest of the winter, as the wind blew
and the blizzards came, he and his relatives never noticed.
They were very busy dancing the rabbit dance.
Wa©iöi is still a popular social dance among