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Many women like this dance because of the colorful outfits and unique
foot work and the complicated movements. Young dancers are attracted to
this dance because of the speed, motions, and different steps. Many also
like to contest and show off their outfits and dance style.
This dance originally came from the Omaha Tribe, and was adopted by the
Flathead Tribe. The outfits are made out of ribbon, yarn, or other fringe
like materials, which are much different from the grass that dancers once
tied onto their belts.
This dance was originally from Mille Lacs, MN, and was adopted by the
Flathead Tribe. “In a holy man’s dream, four women wearing
jingle dresses appeared to him. Upon wakening he and his wife made four
dresses, told people about the dream and the dance.” (Arlee, 47)
Usually there are 366 silver or gold cones that are covering the dress.
This dance invites spectators, visitors, and Native Americans from different
tribes to dance together even though they don’t have an outfit.
This is a dance that involves more than one dancer that are dancing the
same dance. They watch each other and try to keep in rhythm with each
A farewell song is sung at the closing of each powwow or at the end of
each day of dancing. It is begun with a prayer in Salish and/or Kootenai
and then the dancing begins for the last dance.
People get together and dance in a circle, shaking hands and meeting new
people. People in or out of an outfit are encouraged to join in and participate
in the dance.
This dance is related to the Round Dance, except that there are partners
who dance together. Sometimes women get to choose a man and if he refuses
he must pay a fine, usually about five dollars.
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