Men's Southern Straight Dance

The Southern Straight Dance also known as "traditional" to some southern tribes, is a prime example of how past generations recorded in their memories the history of the deeds of their tribe.

This is a "gentlemen's" dance, which tells a definite story of a hunting or war party on the trail of an animal or an enemy. The dancer is constantly searching for his prey. There is an exuberant "whoop" when the trail is sighted, and the warrior begins to follow the signs to his quarry.

The dress will vary from tribe to tribe, but usually includes a porcupine headdress, ribbonwork and an otter tail extending down the back of the dancer. Singers may heighten interest by composing a new song, or they may sing one of a multitude of songs which may be centuries old.

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