Our answers to your questions
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It needs to be clear up front, this is a Dance circle, an Arena is for a Circus! However, many new gatherings do turn out to be a joke, circus, and/or carnival!
This area is blessed by Creator before the dance and must remain pure throughout the Ceremony.
There is a single entrance to the circle always facing East, you should not enter the area unless invited, and this is the only entrance that should be used to enter.
This invisible boundary should not be broken at anytime by any one.
Regalia – attire worn by dancers– NOT a costume.
The development of a dancer’s regalia is a very personal process. Often items have taken years to create or may be gifts and have deep meaning.
Master of Ceremonies MC) officiates over Ceremony proceedings.
Guide to the events – pay attention to his announcements.
The Drum – Is the heartbeat of Mother Earth.
The drum acts as an agent to bring harmony and balance to participants and to spectators. The drum acts as an intercessor to the spiritual realm, Ancestors/Creator.
Grand Entry – opening processional of officials and dancers.
This person runs the circle to the rules of the tribal nation and Creator as set up before the start of this gathering!
Head Man Dancer – lead dancer. He ( Native man) will begin and guide the other dancers through the dance.
Head Woman Dancer – lead dancer. She ( Native women) will begin and guide the other dancers through the dance.
Intertribal Dance – social dance; Open to visitors to come join the dancers in celebration.
Bring your own seating, chairs and benches around the arena are reserved for dancers, seats with blankets or other personal items are taken.
Items left at seats are not to be touched. This is a gathering of family there should be no need to guard belongings from each other.
Dress appropriately. This is as a church please dress accordingly halter tops and short shorts are not appropriate for this celebration.
Pictures may be taken with the permission of the dancers. However, never during dedication dances as in the Grant entry, Honor songs, Veterans Songs, Flag Songs, and Prayers.
These special songs will be announced by the MC.
NO drugs or alcohol permitted at any time for any reason. exception, medicine with prescription bottle.
Supervise your children so that all may enjoy the event without distraction.
Animals some gatherings do not allow them and so should not be brought to the event please ask beforehand.
Do not litter! Respect our ways.
Do not touch a dancer’s regalia. These items are made with great care and are often gifts to the dancers from friends and family. They have deep significance and should be respected.
If something falls, leave it. Inform the individual that they have dropped something, and they will go through the proper procedures to retrieve it.
If invited to dance, please do. If not invited do not go.
It is disrespectful to decline, do not worry about not knowing how the person who invited you will teach you.
Listen to the MC always for guidance. He or she will let you know when you need to stand and when you may sit after honor songs.
They will also announce intertribal dances and other invitations for our guests to participate.