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

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Winter dance

The winter dance at Bradley University turned a lot different then we expected. First off, we thought the Rainbow singers would be the only other drum there, but Eagle Ridge showed up, and the new youth drum Golden Eagles too. All three of us southern drums set up in a row in the center, and pretty much sang together, though the mc called us each in turn for songs. This was new to us, and hard to get used to. We really put out the volume, though.
There were also many more dancers than we expected, more even than the organizers expected. At grand entry they filled the circle (it was a small circle, but still).
There were some great exhibitions, and someone asked for an owl dance, but no one really knew how to do it (it's kind of out of style, at least around here).
There were a few people who I know were curious locals, and I think they really saw something good that day. It's a good sign for the future, at least I hope.


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