When Times Were Good

Whenever an occasion brought many Native people together, there were always times for song and dance. Men’s singing societies formed around a mutual love of music and charity. When a dance was called, people would gather from all over to attend. They often started in the daytime and lasted well into the evening. The songs were always performed by the men using steer horn rattles and water drums. The water drum was a small keg or hollowed out log with deerskin stretched over it. Inside was a mouthful of water which wet the hide and also allowed the sound of the drumbeat to reverberate through the water. Dances were done in honor of the gifts from the Creator and also to express a person’s joy over the good times.


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