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Men's Traditional Dance

Traditional Male Dancer, Artwork by L. David Eventhunder

This dance is the original dance of the Northern plains. It originated as a way to tell the story of a hunt or or war party. Traditional dance has become a means of passing down history as well as tradition.

Traditional regalia varies by nation and tribe. A northern traditional dancer's regalia is characterized by a single bustle made of eagle feathers worn on the back and by clothing made of leather or cloth and elaborately beaded. A traditional dancer will often carry a staff and/or an eagle wing fan.

The dance style is very emotional and danced to a slower tempo. This type of dancer always faces the direction of his prey or enemy, but he never turns a complete circle. Each dancer develops his own story through his movements.

Artwork ©L.David Eveningthunder.

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