In my last post I mentioned I had been at the mall to see a movie. It so happens that the mall was also having special artisans and guests as part of the Christmas program. Every weekend there will be a different theme and different artisans. It seems to be a great idea as I had never seen the mall so busy in all my years of going to it
Even Santa made an appearance.
|I loved looking at all the brightly lit Christmas trees from my vantage point on the 2nd floor. Unfortunately my cell phone camera doesn't do justice to the sight.
I promised in my last post to share a short video of a young boy I saw giving a dance performance in the mall. As I watched him I was very impressed and felt proud of him as he danced in the tradition of the Plains Indians.
I'm not fully sure but I'm fairly sure *wink, that the young boy is dressed as a Grass Dancer and he is dancing in the spirit of the Grass Dance. I am not an expert on the dances so I've taken this short description from a website.
The Grass Dance style is a very old dance rich in history that has become very popular. In the old days, it was the job of the grass dancers to flatten the grass in the arena before a pow wow. The name "grass" does not come from the stomping of grass, but it comes from the old habit of tying braids of sweet grass to the dancer's belts, producing a swaying effect. Today, Grass Dancers resemble a multicolored swaying mass of yarn or fringe on the dance floor. The Grass Dance is a very fluid and bendable style, with the dancers trying to move their fringe in as many places as possible at once. The Grass Dance style was born in the North, but its popularity has spread South, and now this beautiful style is available for everyone (Source: http://www.thinkquest.org/pls/html/think.library)
For information about the Grass Dancing regalia please click here.
I have embedded a short video of the young boy dancing. It will give you a better idea of the regalia he is wearing and his footwork. Pardon the shakiness right at the beginning of the video. It gets better as it goes on. I thought I had a second video to upload. Somehow I seem to have lost it. If you find any problems with this video, please let me know. I may have to upload it again.
This is my submission to Our World Tuesday today.
I hope you enjoyed this short introduction to the Grass Dance and the young boy's performance as much as I did.