Men's Northern Traditional Dance

The traditional dance may be the original dance of the Indians of the norther plains. Its origin is lost in antiquity, but its style allows for much individual expression on the part of the dancer. This is the reason for its growing popularity among the tribes.

There is a close similarity of story line to the Southern Straight Dance - that of a war party recounting its feat for the tribe. The interest is heightened by the use of a long "coup stick" and the motion of the feather bustle.

A much slower tempo allows the dancer to convey his emotions in singular fashion. He always faces the enemy, never turning a complete circle. Faces are painted in a way designed to intimidate the imaginary opponent with the fierceness of the brave. The dancer will mimic each element which makes up his regalia.


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