By Louis R. Bruce, Reginald Laubin, Gladys Laubin
Many hundreds of thousands of people the following and overseas were brought to actual Indian dancing throughout the Laubin’s dance concert events, lectures, and seminars. Their admirers, in addition to different dancers, anthropologists, historians, scholars of Indian tradition, and Indians themselves, will welcome this informative and richly illustrated book.It is predicated upon a life of learn and learn, together with years the authors spent residing with the Indians on or close to their reservations (they are followed Sioux). The authors were informed by way of the outdated chiefs, “You recognize precisely the genuine Indian ways.” those survivors of the Buffalo Days favored the Laubins’ curiosity and requested them to benefit and defend the rituals, for the reason that their very own youngsters not knew all their traditions. This e-book is the result.In addition to descriptions of the dances, the costumes, the physique undefined, and the musical accompaniment, the Laubins supply the cultural heritage of Indian dancing and a wealth of similar element. They increase their textual content with many own stories and observations. they might were the 1st non-Indians to understand totally the fundamental function of dancing within the conventional existence styles of the Indians, a job just recently realize through students within the field.Through their deep figuring out in their followed humans the Laubins transparent means via misinterpretation and prejudice to a brand new appreciation of the yankee Indian.
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Although small, he was courageous as a lone buffalo bull. Still we hesitated to picture him in his rags. We thought we should show such a dignified, fine-looking old man in Indian dress, so we asked if he would mind wearing my costume. Flying Cloud spoke to One Bull. The old man's face lighted up and he replied that he would be very happy to appear in my costume. This is when he first saw all of our Indian packing cases. We carried our costumes in old-time parfleche cases we had picked up at a trader's and in some we had made ourselves.
We appreciate this splendid book, which will create goodwill and understanding for our people. I know of no comparable book. These pages vividly reveal our thoughts and interpret our rituals and dances from the cradle to the grave. From the Iroquois in the Northeast, who furnished the pattern of the Constitution of the United States, to the Miwok of California, from the Eagle Dance of the Cherokee in the Southeast to the Spirit Dances of the Tlingits of Alaska, the Hunting and Harvest dances of the Chippewa and Menomini of the Great Lakes, the Warrior and Society dances of the Sioux and Crow of the Prairies, the Rain Dances of the Pueblo and the Sings of the Navajo of the Southwest, the Laubins present the fascinating lore of the First Americans.
They have very good customs among themselves. "4 But in all his journals the only mention Columbus made of dancing was when some of the Indians came to visit him in a canoe. He ordered a tambourine player and some of the boys of his crew to dance on the poop deck to entertain them. 5 Following Columbus was Giovanni Caboto (better known in history as John Cabot, for he sailed for the English king). He saw no one as he skirted the shores Page 4 of this continent on his first voyage in 1497, but on his second voyage he captured three natives in the vicinity of either Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and took them back to England.