Native American individual dancing has been a major source of pride for Tsali Lodge for the last decade. Many of the Scouts and Scouters have taken up the mantle of preserving the culture and traditions of the Native American alive through both dance and education.
Tsali Lodge dancers participate in several Native American themed events throughout the year including the highly educational and fun Carolinas Indian Seminar which Eswau Huppeday Lodge hosts every January as well as competing against other Arrowmen at the Dixie Fellowships and National Order of the Arrow Conferences.
There are several styles of dance to choose from, and the styles which are recognized for competition purposes in the Order of the Arrow are noted below:
INDIVIDUAL DANCE HONORS
DJ Campbell - 1st Place Grass Dance - 1997 Dixie Fellowship
Todd Knaperek - 1st Place Grass Dance - 1998 Dixie Fellowship
Todd Knaperek - 1st Place Parade of Braves, Grass - 1998 Dixie Fellowship
DJ Campbell - 1st Place Grass Dance - 2001 Dixie Fellowship
Todd Knaperek - 1st Place Parade of Braves, Grass - 2001 Dixie Fellowship
Mark Birdsong - 1st Place Grass Dance - 2005 Dixie Fellowship
Joey DiGregorio - 1st Place Straight Dance - 2006 Dixie Fellowship
Joey DiGregorio - 1st Place Parade of Braves, Straight - 2007 Dixie Fellowship
Brian Boushey - 1st Place Northern Traditional Dance - 2008 Dixie Fellowship
Joey DiGregorio - 1st Place Parade of Braves, Straight - 2008 Dixie Fellowship
Brian Boushey - 1st Place Northern Traditional Dance - 2009 Dixie Fellowship
Joey DiGregorio - 1st Place Parade of Braves, Straight - 2009 Dixie Fellowship
Joey DiGregorio - 5th Place Straight Dance - 2009 NOAC
Joey DiGregorio - 1st Place Parade of Braves, Straight - 2010 Dixie Fellowship
The outfits are an older style of dress. Men may wear a smaller style of feather bustle, or bustle where the feathers hang down in the back. The beadwork is most commonly floral in the Great Lakes region, featuring tribally specific stylized versions of art and movement. Many older people familiar with Pow-Wows can identify the Nation and area a person is from just by looking at the outfit.
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The Straight Dance from Oklahoma Native American Tribes is a formal, tailored, prestigious form of southern dance clothes.
The overall effect is of reassuring solidity, with everything closely matched and coordinated. It looks as if it is planned all at one time.
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The Northern Traditional Dancer is a modern evolution of tribal outfits from the tribes of the Northern Plains such as Sioux, Blackfoot, Crow, Omaha and others. Below is some information about the outfit's parts. It must be stressed that this is only a brief description as variations do exist from area to area and from tribe to tribe. Careful observation and research be undertaken before starting to construct this type outfit.
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Originally done as a Warrior Society Dance, it has evolved over the years. It has further evolved into a highly-competitive form of northern dancing. Grass Dancers always stands out by virtue of two things: his dancing style and his outfit. His dancing has been described often by these words:" gutsy, swinging, slick, old-time," etc.
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Most recently making inroads into central United States, this style of dance has very old origins in Northwestern United States and areas of Southwestern Canada. The dance comes to us from the Blackfoot people. Many dancers of other Nations have been inspired to take on this style of dress and movement. The Chicken Dance style is usually depicted in dress by the prevalent use of pheasant feathers in the regalia. Dancers use feather bustles worn on the upper back, and creative ornamentation unique to their Tribe but stylized to reflect the influences on the original regalia type. Many dancers will use vibrant colors to highlight their designs and feather work. Their movements can distinguish the dancers during specific songs created for their dance discipline. These moves highlight movements reminiscent of the Prairie Chicken mating dance.
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The Oklahoma Feather Dance or "Fancy Dance" is one of the most popular styles of Native American dance and outfits seen at modern pow wows. The Fancy Dance outfit, as such, has no single Native American tribes. The "Fancy Dance" originated as Fancy War Dance by the Hethuska Society in Oklahoma
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