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Craft-Ribbonwork-Part One – Canku Ota
Many shawls are decorated with ribbonwork applique. Part one of this 2-part article will help you use this beautiful means of adornment: What is Ribbonwork, Terms used in Ribbonwork, What kind of ribbons are used today, Making Ribbons using material, What fabric to use and The important aspects of ribbonwork.
Craft-Ribbonwork-Part Two – Canku Ota
In Part Two, the different styles of ribbonwork are discussed, providing examples of how to prepare your ribbons for the technique. Shows some templates you can use. Features three appliqué ribbonwork techniques: Plains ribbonwork, Osage ribbonwork and Woodlands ribbonwork. The Plains and Osage Style Ribbonwork are mostly the same style only the how the ribbon is put on the material is different.
The Evolving Beauty of the Fancy Shawl Dance – Indian Country Today
Given its legacy of color, vivacity and even rebellion, the name of the dance is ironically plain: fancy shawl. Women’s fancy shawl—often mistakenly thought to be a dance that traces back far in history but is actually a fairly recent innovation—is one of the most anticipated competitions at pow wows. In this unique performance, young women from many nations skim, twirl and hop across the arena with a gait that manages to be staccato, lithe and fluid all at once. Read entire story
Featured Lakota Dance: Women’s Fancy Shawl
St. Joseph Indian School: The first impression people often have of the women fancy dancers is that of butterflies. Dancers wear American Indian decorated shawls that compliment a satin dress and knee-high beaded moccasins or decorated leggings. The decorated shawl is made of cloth and fringe, reminiscent of the decorated buffalo robes worn in the past. Read entire story
Yakama Girl’s Fancy Shawl Dance
One of young Yakama girls’ favorite dances is the Fancy Shawl Dance, which is performed in the powwow circle. This dance is similar to a Yakama social dance called the Butterfly Dance, in which the girls imitate butterflies leaving the cocoon. Both the Fancy Shawl and Butterfly songs are fast and lively. The girls dance wearing their tł’píip and a few extra beaded items, with shawls draped over their shoulders and arms. You can hear the bells or shells on some of the dresses keeping rhythm as they dance. The girls, gracefully interpreting butterflies fluttering in a meadow of flowers, dance in both the Yakama social-dance circle and the powwow circle. With dance, they demonstrate beautiful teachings from the Yakama lifestyle. Read entire story