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Blue Dancer

Linda Sparks

Green Valley, United States

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This regalia indicates this dancer is participating in the PowWow as a Northern Traditional Dancer. Not only did he have especially beautiful regalia, he was to my eyes an excellent dancer. And I was lucky enough to catch him with very little in the background. New Year’s PowWow, Tucson, AZ

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MEN’S TRADITIONAL DANCE
This is the oldest form of dance in the Indian culture. The regalia is often thought to represent the animals that the Creator put on the earth. The movements tell of warrior actions-hunting, stalking the game, battling an enemy. The regalia is a very per sonal expression of creativity and artistry. While there is no prescribed look, several elements might reflect items worn by early warriors: a breast plate made of animal bones or shell for protection against arrows; a neck choker for protection against knives; ankle bells or jingling hooves; or a shield made of hide and decorated with important tribal symbols. Often a traditional dancer will wear a single bustle containing eagle feathers, which are considered sacred to the Indian people. The eagle flies the highest and carries the prayers of the people to the Creator. Eagle feathers are traditionally awarded for feats of bravery or accomplishment

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