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Powwow Dance Videos

If you are not used to Native American drum music, I’ve noticed it tends to screw people up when they first encounter it.  Most people are used to vocal songs being entrained to the drum rhythm and Powwow songs are the opposite since they sung in counterpoint to the drum beats.  Once you comprehend the song being in counterpoint to the drum beats, then it makes sense.  There are plenty of songs that are the drum only and some songs are in phonetics -just sounds without words- because they were shared across language barriers.

If the Powwow MC calls a dance, then that specific style will get in the circle to strut their stuff. Often times, the diferent dance styles will be together in the dance circle to the same song. Here are three dance styles that people like a lot: Fancy Feather, Fancy Shawl and Jingle Dress. Get some fry bread and have a happy summer Powwow season!

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