The Grass Dancer Setting & Symbolism

Susan Power
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Sweat Lodge

Herod Small War conducts cleansing rituals in a sweat lodge. Men and boys come to the lodge to renew their spirits, but also to take part in rituals where Herod speaks to the spirits.

Decorative Beading

Beading is a popular form of decoration among the Dakota and is an important part of traditional dress, especially for the dance competitions. Anna Thunder and Crystal Lundstrom are particularly skilled at carefully sewing the tiny beads onto moccasins, dresses and sashes. Some works of beading can take years to complete.

Powwow

These are social gatherings for Indians of many tribes. Competitions in traditional dance are held at powwows. The music includes drumming and chanting.

Rattlesnake Rattles

Rattles are often used as hair and clothing decorations. Some Indians, like Red Dress, were considered "beloved of snakes." When Red Dress wore rattles, it was to honor this special relationship with snakes...

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