Native American stickball is considered to be one of the oldest team sports in North America. Stickball and lacrosse are similar to one another, the game of lacrosse being a tradition belonging to tribes of the Northern United States and Canada; stickball, on the other hand, continues in Oklahoma and parts of the Southeastern U.S. where the game originated. Although the first recorded writing on the topic of stickball was not until the mid-17th century, there is evidence that the game had been developed and played hundreds of years before that.
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Church Hymns, Social & Stomp Dance Songs” font_size=”20″ color=”#ffffff” m_bottom=”20″]
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Every interpretation of our culture translated from each phase has become stronger from all-tribes, depended upon the dedicated faith system to say thank you to the creator. Our ceremonial, social and church songs have been the core elements of our identity that shows the true uniqueness of the Five Civilized Tribes that leads to passing our oral legacy to our future and giving thanks to our elders to guide us a chance to give us a chance to continue the legacy from generation to generation to share our voice for the future.
Each song presentation will focus on the development of the historical movement and journey. These songs were before, during and after the Trail of Tears. They were teaching tools for our future to preserve as others non American Indians chose to eliminate our voices. There songs gave our people strength of every religious aspect to keep the endurance of our people, to move forward upon their spiritual guidance and were transitioned from our tribal roots from beyond our ancestors.” font_size=”15″ m_bottom=”35″ max_width=”800″ m_top=”15″ m_left=”auto” m_right=”auto” p_left=”50″ p_right=”50″]
Choctaw dances also exemplify a spirit of cooperation, because of the way the chanters, dance leaders and dancers work together. There are three kinds of Choctaw dance: war dances, social dances, and animal dances that recognize creatures that were important to the Choctaw people.
Social dances mark important aspects of life such as friendship, courtship and marriage. They include stealing partners, the friendship dance, and the wedding dance, among others. Animal dances often mimic the behavior of their namesakes, with dancers darting in and out of the dance circle like playful raccoons in the raccoon dance or forming a line that coils and uncoils in the snake dance.
A traditional Stomp Dance grounds is often headed by a male elder. In the Creek and Seminole traditions the Meko or “king” [Chief] is the primary ceremonial authority. The Meko is assisted by his second in charge called a Heniha, the chief medicine man called a Hillis Hiya and speaker called Meko Tvlvswv or Meko’s tongue/speaker. It is important to note that Mekos are not supposed to publicly address the entire grounds and as such that responsibility falls often on Meko Tvlvswsv. A traditional Creek grounds also employs four Tvstvnvkes (warchiefs/generals/police), four head ladies and four alternate head ladies.
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American Indian social songs plays a vital role in history and education, with ceremonies and stories orally passing on to new generations. American Indian ceremonial music is traditionally said to originate from deities or spirits, or from particularly respected individuals. Rituals are shaped by every aspect of song, dance and costuming, and each aspect informs about the “makers, wearers and symbols important to the nation, tribe, village, clan, family, or individual“. American Indian illustrate stories through song, music and dance, and the historical facts thus propagated are an integral part of American Indian ways of life. Our stories about culture preservation are a part of tribal music traditions and stories are often an iconic part of local culture. They can vary slightly from generation to generation, with leaders recombining and introducing slight variations.
The styles and purposes of music vary greatly between and among each American Indian tribe. However, a common concept amongst many indigenous groups is a integration of music and power.
Music and history are tightly interwoven with American Indian’s culture of life. A tribe’s history is constantly told and retold through music, which preserves our history through social songs. These historical narratives vary widely from tribe to tribe and are an integral part of tribal identity.
The Five Civilized Tribes, hold dances before stickball games. At these pre-game events, men and women perform separate dances and follow separate regulations. Men will dance in a circle around a fire, while women dance in place. Men sing their own songs, while women have their songs sung for them by an elder. Whereas the men’s songs invoke power, the women’s songs draw power away from the opposing stickball team. In some societies, there are customs where certain ceremonial drums are to be played by men only.
Many tribal music have a relative paucity of traditional women’s songs and dances, especially in the Southeast regions. The Southeast is, however, home to a prominent women’s musical tradition in the use of leg rattles for ceremonial stomp and friendship dances, and the women’s singing during he Southeastern Stickball games.” font_size=”15″ m_bottom=”35″ max_width=”570″ m_left=”auto” m_right=”auto” m_top=”15″ color=”#666666″]