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Here are some chicken riders we met when we drove through Oxford, Kansas last week. Chicken riders – now that got our attention!

Speaking of chickens, there are some Native tribes who have Chicken Dances.  Read more about it – or listen to some sound clips:

www.ohwejagehka.com/chickendance.htm

Ohwejagehka: Ha`degaenage: is a nonprofit organization based on Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario Canada that was established to help preserve and nurture the Iroquoian languages and songs.

Here are some characteristics of the Chicken Dance:

 

  •  Format is the same as with Moccasin Dance, songs are different
  • 2 or more singers, usually about 6-10, in the middle, water drum and horn rattles
  • fish step style
  • Single file, two men lead the dance, other men join in pairs
  • Women join the men, two at a time and join the line between the men so that the line eventually ends up as two men, two women, two men
  • Song changes beat and the men and women switch places, so that the women that started on the inside of two men, end up on the outside of two men
  • The song ends and the partners stay where they are until the next song, and they will switch places again, when the beat changes
  • At the end of the last song, the lead dancer male will crow like a rooster

Gakina-awiiya (We Are All Related),

Chief Robert and Terri Lynn TallTree
www.thetalltrees.com

“Teach us love, compassion and honor…that we may heal the Earth, and heal each other.”   – Ojibwe prayer

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