Round Dance season begins again

Some information that I previously shared about round dances is below.  If you want to participate in a very unique Canadian cultural activity, there are many round dances that are held during the winter season.  Some are fairly private dances, held to honour the anniversary of a loved one’s death, and many are held by community organizations, and they are open to the public.

A round dance is very different from a pow wow, although the drumming and singing may sound similar.  Many communities and families host round dances during the winter season. Most of the people who attend will participate in the dancing, which is usually in a circle, around the drummers.  Often, the dancing doesn’t start until pretty late in the evening, and people will stay well into the night.  There is no cost to attend, and alcohol and drug use is always prohibited.

This article gives more information about the reasons for a round dance:

http://www.ammsa.com/publications/windspeaker/join-circle-history-and-lore-round-dance-0

This website also has a few photos and videos to give you a better idea.

http://chickamaugacherokee.org/rounddance/

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