Vocabulary and Titles
Arena – dance circle, this area is blessed before the dance and must remain pure throughout the Ceremony. There is a single entrance to the arena facing East, you should not enter the arena unless invited, and this is the only entrance that should be used to enter. This invisible boundary should not be broken at anytime by any one.
Regalia – attire worn by dancers – NOT a costume. The development of a dancer’s regalia is a very personal process. Often items have taken years to create or may be gifts and have deep meaning.
Master of Ceremonies – (MC) officiates over Ceremony proceedings. Guide to the events – pay attention to his announcements.
The Drum – the heartbeat of Mother Earth. The drum acts as an agent to bring harmony and balance to participants and to spectators. The drum acts as an intercessor to the spiritual realm.
Grand Entry – opening processional of officials and dancers.
Head Man Dancer – lead dancer, he will begin and guide the other dancers through the dance.
Head Woman Dancer – lead dancer, she will begin and guide the other dancers through the dance.
Intertribal Dance – social dance; open to visitors to come join the dancers in celebration.
- Bring your own seating chairs and benches around the arena is reserved for dancers, seats with blankest or other personal items are taken
- Items left at seats are not to be touched this is a gathering of family there should be no need to guard belongings from each other
- Dress appropriately. Halter tops and short shorts are not appropriate for this celebration
- Pictures may be taken with the permission of the dancers, but not during dedication dances (Veterans Songs, Flag Songs, or Prayers). These special songs will be announced by the MC
- NO drugs or alcohol permitted at any time for any reason
- Supervise your children so that all may enjoy the event without distraction
- Animals should not be brought to the event
- Do not litter
- Do not touch a dancer’s regalia. These items are made with great care and are often gifts to the dancers from friends and family. They have deep significance and should be respected.
- If something falls, leave it. Inform the individual that they have dropped something, and they will go through the proper procedures to retrieve it.
- If invited to dance, please do. It is disrespectful to decline, do not worry about not knowing how the person who invited you will teach you.
- Listen to the MC, he will let you know when you need to stand and when you may sit after honor songs. He will also announce intertribal dances and other invitations for our guests to participate
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