Local traditions and culture in Dallas

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    Construction

    by grandmaR Written Sep 28, 2004

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    This area of Texas has the custom of paying contruction workers a bonus for completing the work as quickly as possible. For that reason (and possibly because a lot of the construction workers are Hispanic) one almost never hears about time over-runs. Stadiums, homes and roads - all are built very quickly and efficently.

    They also have the interesting and helpful custom and building schools before they are needed.

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    More Dallas Firsts

    by keeweechic Updated Nov 23, 2003

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    The first Drive-up bank window opened in 1938 at the Hillcrest State Bank.

    In the early 1920's the first car radio was invented by Henry and possibly the first automatic electric traffic light.

    Mariano Martinez (a restaurateur) invented the frozen Margarita in 1971.

    The first integrated circuit which became the microchip was invented in 1958 by Jack Kilby at Texas Instruments.

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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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    The First Chili's Restaurant

    by keeweechic Updated Nov 23, 2003

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    The first Chili's restaurant opened in Dallas on Greenville Ave. The building was an old inter-urban electric rail depot with a rail line at that time connecting Dallas to McKinney, Sherman and Denison. The building was later demolished to make way for a new Chili's restaurant and parking lot.

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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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    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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    American Indian Arts Festival

    by keeweechic Written Oct 24, 2004

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    The American Indian Arts Festival and Market is an annual event held in October over a Saturday and Sunday. The festival includes American Indian stalls covering a variety of handcrafts. If you are unfamiliar with the Indian culture, this is a great place to come and learn.

    Location : Annette Strauss Artist Square, 1800 Leonard Street

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    Events and Food

    by keeweechic Written Oct 24, 2004

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    There are stage performances, children’s activities and cultural demonstrations such as basket making. You can also try some American Indian food – a very different interpretation of the Taco or just munch on a delicious freshly cooked corn cob. You can buy food on a coupon basis ahead of time.

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    Stage Performances

    by keeweechic Written Oct 24, 2004

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    Scheduled throughout the day are various performances showcasing intertribal music and dance. There are Drummers and Singers, Choctaw flute player, Hoop dancers as well as traditional dances. Each performance is explained to the audience.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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