Monday, March 30, 2009

Blue Monday #27: Once More With Feeling


"Chilly Dancers"
Raleigh, NC - November 2008 (Click to embiggen)

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"Fancy Dancer"
Raleigh, NC - November 2008 (Click to embiggen)

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In case you missed it: Check out my entry in Nicole B's Scavenger Hunt!

These dancers were a different variety of Indian from the ones I showed you last week. These are members of one of North Carolina's eight recognized tribes (though I couldn't tell you which ones) and were participants in the 13th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration in downtown Raleigh last November. I didn't get there early enough to see the two young women perform, but the flashing feet in the second photo belong to one of the two men performing "Fancy Dance", a non-traditional dance whose purpose is just what the name implies. To be fancy. And it is!Violence UnSilenced
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26 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What wonderful costumes, Mojo! I'm so glad you shared these with us. I love the fancy footwork in hte second post.

Happy Blue Monday...

Sheila :-)

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Beautiful costumes! Happy Blue Monday ~ Susan

CeramiquesDeCherie said...

These are some FANTASTIC captures! My children are 50% Cree. It brings us joy to see that the arts are still be appreciated and practiced. Thanks for sharing this.

Bryan said...

I have to agree with The Quintessential Magpie. That second photo is amazing. The...leaves or perhaps a receipt or chewing gum wrapper...whatever they are lead perfectly to the feet. I also love how parts of the costume are blurred by motion while others are still.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Beautiful pictures the colors are so bright and vivid

CC said...

I loved your post and the dancers.
Happy Blue Monday and have a lovely day.

Smilingsal said...

Colorful costumes. Great idea for a post. Happy Blue Monday.

Robin said...

Love the headresses. I've always wanted to attend an American Indian celebration.

Stems from my first love - when I was five Chief Running Bear from the Wild West Show at the Catskill Game Farm in upstate NY promised to marry me when I grew up. I fell hopelessly in love an carried his photograph everywhere I went for the next year.

Asha said...

As colorful as us, real Indians! :D

I saw their dances and all in Arizona, such a nice bunch, respectful and smiling. Good one Mojo.

Mama Zen said...

Great pictures! Quite a bit different than the fancy dress you see on the plains.

Amanda said...

Great shots! I am jealous I had a chance to go to a Pau Wau and see the dancing and festivities with my daughters girl friend but could not get the time off from work!

Daryl said...

Wait a minute, Robin, he promised to marry me .. but he wasnt from the same tribe so my parents broke us up ...

Oh hi Mojo! Good shot.

Picket said...

Happy Blue Monday! Those costumes are beautiful...great pics!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Fabulous pictures! Their costumes are just wonderful. This was a great theme for blue Monday.
♥, Susan

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

What wonderful and colourful costumes! Thanks for sharing them on this Blue Monday.

Blessings,
Sandi

bj said...

Such pretty and colorful costumes...great post..

Pagan Sphinx said...

Love the dancer. The feet and the movement of the fringe or whatever it is, is fantastic.

NicoleB said...

I love both shots, but the first one is my favorite, the way the girls look.
Lovely!

John said...

Beautiful pictures!

Tricia said...

Beautiful costumes! Children in Western NY do an entire year of American Indian studies, mostly on local tribes, and I remember it being one of our most interesting social studies sections.

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Cheffie-Mom said...

Beautiful clothing. Fancy indeed!

Sweetie said...

The costumes are exquisite. Happy Blue Monday!
Sweetie

lisaschaos said...

Fancy dance! Love it! I always enjoy their costumes too!

Gayle said...

Those are very elabort costumes!

Lynda said...

Wonderful photos! The costumes are amazing!

Lil Bit said...

Great shots, Mojo!!

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