Native American dance is
not only a way to have fun, but spiritual in itself. Dance can be a
form of prayer, a way of expressing joy or grief, and a method of
becoming closer with man, nature and our Creator.
Native dancing has been around just about as long as the Native
American people have been: in ceremony, powwows, and just to pass the
day/night. The dance also can have healing powers, not only on the
dancer, but on people that the dancer is close to, or dancing for.
Native American dance is centered around the drum. It beats in
time with the heart of Mother Earth and provides a base for the song.
The drum beat is, as in most dances, the key to Native footwork.