Local traditions and culture in Dallas

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    by kingbk Written May 11, 2007

    Texans like to say y'all, gettrdone, coke for all soda, and more. Texans are very friendly. Ask them directions and they will help you out. Unlike most rumors, Dallas is a melting pot of all type of people from all over the world. There is a lot of diversity here.

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    Bob Lansing

    by keeweechic Updated Oct 25, 2004

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    Bob Lansing is a Navajo Potter from Colorado who had a stall at the American Indian Arts Festival. This man's work is amazing and is slowly being recognised for his talent. Aparently in 1984 he gave a fine vase to a friend who decided to enter it on Bob's behalf in the National Arts and Crafts Contest in Washington D.C. The piece won a trophy, ribbon, a $300 check, and a letter from President Regan. He also received airline tickets to attend the award ceremony.

    His history is also fascinating .

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    Inside the Tepee

    by keeweechic Written Oct 24, 2004

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    Three of the strongest poles are made into a tripod and tied together a little higher than the height of the cover. The rest of the poles are then placed against the tripod, which forms a cone for the canvas covering and these are all lashed together with rope. The cover is then pulled around the framework and fastened together at the overlap.

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    The Tepee

    by keeweechic Updated Oct 24, 2004

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    The marketplace area of the square also displays a couple of painted Southern Plains Tepees. It is really quite a roomy and comfortable shelter. The pattern of the tepee is cut in the shape of a half circle with 2 smoke flaps near the centre. When the tepee is erected twelve or more straight, smooth poles are needed for the framework . They need to be at least 3 feet longer than the width of the cover.

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    Gordon Tonips

    by keeweechic Written Oct 24, 2004

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    Gordon Tonips is a Comanche / Kiowa Artist from Northern Oklahoma. Aside from his Anasazi Fire Rocks, he also displays some of his sculptures at the festival. This Square Tower House one first place in stone sculpture at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. It has been carved from iron oxidized sand stone. More on his fascinating history and works can be found at (www.comancheartist.com)

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    Anasazi Fire Rocks

    by keeweechic Written Oct 24, 2004

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    Something very unique at the festival were fire rocks. These are Native American handmade, real stone, oil burning candles. All these pieces are individual shaped stone. The bottom piece sits on a shallow oil dish, the smaller stone sits on the top with a cylinder and wick going through both pieces into the oil. You can buy these on the web (www.comancheartist.com). These pieces are made by Gordon Tonips.

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    The Jewellery

    by keeweechic Written Oct 24, 2004

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    Oh the Jewellery… there was such a varied selection of traditional pieces to very modern styled jewellery that if you can’t find something there you like then there has to be something wrong. Of course affording some of it is another matter. A lot of the jewellery is extremely well made in very best quality silver. There are things you should look for in finding authentic Indian handmade jewellery. The silver should be marked sterling or .925 and is usually signed with the designers initials. If you are buying an expensive piece, ensure that you receive a written disclosure as to the raw components which should be included on your receipt. Thre are laws protecting Indian Arts and Crafts.

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    The Pottery

    by keeweechic Written Oct 24, 2004

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    The etched images on Bob Lansings pottery is so detailed and so fine. His style of work is non-traditional. His red bowls are New Mexico red clay, which he collects and his white bowls are “white Haggie” porcelain from Salt Lake City. You can see by the bowl displayed over a mirror that even the underside is magnificently etched.

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    Indian Masks

    by keeweechic Written Oct 24, 2004

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    Colourful and creative masks have been part of American Indian dance regalia and traditional ceremonies in many Indian tribes since ancient times. The most renowned native mask-makers were the Northwest Coast Indians, who carved elaborate cedar dance masks. At the festival will find a selection of elaborate masks to buy.

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    Modern Day Pow-wows

    by keeweechic Written Oct 24, 2004

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    Today the pow-wows are freely held and has become a time where many tribes gather together to share their stories and just generally a time to have fun and socialize. The songs sung at these pow-wows are both old and traditional and modern day compositions. Pow-wos are seen as being really essential for the survival of Indian people and their culture and for the next generation coming up to learn and enjoy.

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    Pow wows

    by keeweechic Written Oct 24, 2004

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    Pow-wows are festivals consisting of Native American dancing and music which are popular expressions of the Native American Culture. On the Northern Plains, expressions of cultural heritage such as dancing was suppressed and in some cases banned by Federal Administrators and Indian agents and only on the 4th of July were the reservations allowed to celebrate in the old way.

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    The Outfit

    by keeweechic Written Oct 24, 2004

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    Costume for Women's Traditional also remains tribal specific, sometimes with elaborate beadwork on long buckskin or trade cloth dresses. It is tradition for a woman to exercise proper etiquette and wear shawl into the dance arena. a fancy-shawl dancer with full regalia will have a dress, leggings, moccasins, cape and shawl - all matching in decoration.

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    Audience Participation

    by keeweechic Written Oct 24, 2004

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    At the festival you will get your chance to dance with the Indians. A few will come down from the stage and into the audience and start dancing around in a large circle. There is certainly nothing tiring or difficult in what you get to try with them.

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    Mimicking Life

    by keeweechic Written Oct 24, 2004

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    The dance steps are usually small and close to the ground, no leaping around or anything very aerobatic and a lot of the time the dance is bent over in a crouch. Some styles (more by the men) mimic animals or birds and act out the art of hunting, fishing or harvesting etc. Small movements of the forearms and wrists occur when an implement such as a stick is being used.

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    The Dance

    by keeweechic Written Oct 24, 2004

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    Many of the Native American traditional dances come from seasonal or life-cycle events. They are also pertinent to regions and tribes. Some are performed in groups while others are performed solo and while there is freedom for individual expression by the performer, most are within certain guidelines of the traditional form.

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