Pow Wow the Dance

Series produced by Bois Forte Tribal Community Radio

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Pow Wow the Dance, provides insight into the dances and regalia worn by dancers participating in today's pow wow gatherings.

Pow Wow the Dance, is an educational/informational series of interviews with dancers and elders that will cover topics related to traditional and contemporary Native American dance and the methods used to continue this rich cultural tradition.


25 Pieces

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George Strong introduces Donald Chosa and this series of interviews, Pow Wow the Dance. Donald shares his recollections of pow wows of his youth i...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 04:39
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Linda is a Jingle Dress style dancer and her regalia was given to her by her sister. Linda's sister was told how to put this dress together as a r...

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  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 04:11
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Les is a Mens Traditonal Dancer from the Koochiching Reserve located near Fort Frances, Canada. Les describes some parts of his regalia and how it...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 02:30
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Donald talks about the staff that help put on a pow wow. The MC or master of ceremonies is a big part of the pow wow. The Spiritual Adviser takes...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 02:43
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Donald shares some of the responsibilities of the 'Head Dancers'. During ceremonies a Head Dancer might help an individual or sometimes dance in t...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 02:36
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Donald continues his description of how the dancers line up for the Grand Entry. Flag Bearers, Head Veteran, Head Dancers, Royalty, etc. Donald ...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 01:57
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Donald talks about certain songs that are gender specific. Donald shares that regalia should be respectful and not show too much skin, whether it ...

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  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 02:23
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Donald shares his perspective about Dancers protocols and etiquette. Participants should not be dressed in shorts or in clothing that reveals thei...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 02:05
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Donald talks about patterns that you might see on a persons regalia and how a person may find supplies for craftwork/beadwork to make regalia items...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 01:44
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Donald shares some more about the Grass dance style of dancing. The fringe that is prominent on a contemporary Grass Dancers regalia is usually ma...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 01:55
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Donald describes the fringe on a Grass Dancers regalia and its origin. This style of dance comes from the Plains area and it is said that this sty...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 02:22
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Donald talks about the Round Dance and the Give away Dance. During the Give a way dance, a person who receives a gift will lift this gift into the...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 02:21
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Donald shares his perspective about the Round Dance and a variant of that dance called the Rabbit Dance and how the men will dance differently from...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 01:51
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Donald talks about different dance styles. He mentions the Snake dance that was done during the fall pow wow but is not sure where this dance orig...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 02:02
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Donald talks about how feathers are sacred and considered animate beings. He describes a special ceremony that is used if an eagle feather, from a...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 02:13
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Donald provides some of the procedures required to obtain Eagle feathers through the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. Donald shares that some of the...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 03:15
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Donald shares some more information about the differences between a competition and a general pow wow. In a general pow wow, you might see a dance...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 01:38
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Donald shares some information about the floral designs you might find in a Ojibwe style of regalia. He mentions about the different styles and de...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 02:34
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Donald is a Mens Traditional dancer. Donald describes the differences in activities and similarities between a general and competition pow wow. O...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 03:11
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Curt is a member of the Onieda Nation and is a dancer of the 'Mens Traditional' style. Curt describes his regalia as contemporary and is made out ...

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  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 02:46
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