The Osage Ceremonial Dance I'n-Lon-Schka

The Osage Ceremonial Dance I'n-Lon-Schka

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In English, Ia€™n-Lon-Schka means qplayground of the eldest son.q The dance, in which women are allowed only a peripheral role, celebrates traditional masculine values while helping to break down factionalism and feuding within the tribe. The participants, who now number in the hundreds, assemble each June in three Oklahoma communities-Pawhuska, Hominy, and Grayhorse-where the Dance Chairmen, the Drumkeeper (an eldest son of the tribe), and the dance organization have been preparing for the dance throughout the year. The Ia€™n-Lon-Schka is religious in content and continues to establish conduct and ways of living for tribal members.The very good dancers demonstrate both agility and control as they use this basic toe-heel step, giving the appearance of barely touching the ground. Figs. 20 and 21 show the correct position in a toe-heel step and the diagram of a crisscross toe-heel step. ... Dances and Stories of the American Indian) Fig. 23. Examples ofanbsp;...

Title:The Osage Ceremonial Dance I'n-Lon-Schka
Author: Alice Anne Callahan
Publisher:University of Oklahoma Press - 1993-03-01

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