events and news of the Inali Dancers, an intertribal native dancing, singing, and culture group in western illinois

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Women's prison powwow

Some of us went in to the women's prison saturday for a powwow, which turned out okay after a problem getting in. It seems that no one had told the guards at the front we were coming that day. They worked it out, though, so we went ahead.
The ladies did know we were coming, and had lots of plans. They had drawings for prizes, a tug of war (the rope broke, but it was fun anyway), and two potato dances (if you don't know what that is, pairs of people try to keep potatoes between their foreheads while dancing to the song, last ones with a potato win).
We did several round dances, intertribals, a two step, and a couple of specials.
The ladies really got into it, I think we helped their spirits a lot.
We have practice friday, but not much coming up right now.
I'll try to get something interesting up soon.


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