Matt wearing his Traditional Dance regalia for St. Joseph's Indian School's powwow. Women’s Traditional regalia includes a fringed shawl over one arm. A feather fan usually carried in the opposite hand.
Both males and females have a dance style known as Traditional.

Male Traditional Dancers combine drama and grace to tell their stories. Their dances are primarily those of the warrior hunting or searching for enemies. Each step is a double touch on the ground.

Their regalia is made from natural material and is not as brightly colored as other dancers. Some regalia takes years to complete; some is handed down through a family and is over 100 years old.

The Women's Traditional Dance is sometimes called straight dancing. Like Men's Traditional, there are many regalia variations. However, regalia is usually made from natural materials like buckskin. A knife sheath is worn at the waist. A colorful fringed shawl is sometimes carried over one arm, and an eagle feather fan is usually carried in the opposite hand.
Janet wearing her Traditional Dance regalia for St. Joseph's Indian School's powwow. Men’s Traditional regalia is made from natural materials like buckskin, and is not as brightly colored as other regalia.

The female Traditional Dancer has a very dignified look. The movements are slight, but regal, as she strives to make the fringe on her shawl and dress dance as well.

 

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