Grass Dance

Follow the rhythmic flow of the dancer gracefully moving across the stage as the ribbons and yarn adorning the regalia seemingly flow like the long prairie grasses. Originating from the northern plains, by the Omaha Nation, the grass dance has a long colorful history. Before any dances or ceremonies could take place, they would send out a select society of men known as the grass dance society. These men would have the responsibility of finding and preparing the dance arena. Once the area was selected they would flatten down the grass, fill in the holes and also bless the arena. It was said that after the dances were complete, the grass would rise back up as if no one had ever been there. The dancers would weave the sweet grasses and prairie grasses into their outfits. Throughout the years, the dancers began to weave the brighter ribbons and yarn into their regalia to replace the sweet grass.

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Grass Dance