Last night we went to a powwow at the Queens County Farm in Floral Park, NY. It was fabulous. Here’s a clip of Keith (whose last name I didn’t catch, but I’ll try to track down), a Plain Cree from Alberta, Canada, doing the Chicken Dance-Indian. The announcer explained that it’s a male “showing off” dance. It is also done during a “long and strenuous healing ceremony that lasts four days and nights.” The singers and drummer are the Silver Clouds. I labeled this post “Teaching with Nonfiction” because typically the life and times of American Indians are taught as long ago history. This experience and video (I’ll post more) are resources for me to use with students.

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