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These pages will give you an overview of just some of the Powwow Dancing found at the Gathering of Nations and other competitions.

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Southern traditional dancers also may wear cloth regalia. Cloth, ribbons, beads, and silverwork were obtained in trade and each tribe adapted their use to suit their own tastes and styles. The use and adaptation of new materials to express native identity is an ongoing process.

The judges will be looking for elegance, poise, and proper elements of the dance such as the slight bowing at the honor beats that characterizes Southern Traditional Dance.

Originally in the dances that eventually evolved into the current day pow-wow, women dancers remained in the background or on the perimeter of the dance arena. With this in mind it is easy to understand the more subdued movements of the women traditional dancers.

As they remain relatively stationary, the knees are bent in time with the drum, creating a slow, graceful up and down movement of the body, shifting the feet slightly and turning.

The judges will be looking for elegance, poise, and proper elements of the dance such as the slight bowing at the honor beats that characterizes Southern Traditional Dance.

Originally in the dances that eventually evolved into the current day pow-wow, women dancers remained in the background or on the perimeter of the dance arena. With this in mind it is easy to understand the more subdued movements of the women traditional dancers.

As they remain relatively stationary, the knees are bent in time with the drum, creating a slow, graceful up and down movement of the body, shifting the feet slightly and turning.

Traditional women wearing cloth regalia are more readily identifiable as to tribe, as each tribe has maintained a specific style of cloth dress. At certain points during the song, a woman may raise her fan, either upon hearing a word or phrase or during the honor beats.

The dance is one that demonstrates the strength, status, and beauty of Native American women. Judges will be looking for gracefulness, stature, poise, and overall presentation.

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