There are many people that have helped me in this attempt, some of them I know personally,some of them I have never met, and still many more have went on before me. Let me start with a few that I can recall, I will expand on the list of people to thank and people to give credit to as this page develops further.
First I would like to thank my Wife for drawing me into the circle.
I would like to thank my father who has passed
on for starting my interest in the
I would like to thank
Mr. Sam Blatchford and Grand Mother Rabbit for their guidance in the circle!
I must first start this site with a clear statement that information listed on this page is information that I came across in my search to better understand the Gourd Dance. I will further state that I am not a member of any Gourd Dance Society or Clan.
Please remember this is information that
in some cases I CAN NOT VERIFY.
If you are truly drawn here seek out the source
Speak with the Kiowa Elders or
Gourd Clan Men!!!!!
This page was last updated on: September 29, 2010
The origin of the Gourd Dance is somewhat clouded, but I believe that most people agree that it can be credited to the following two tribes. One is the Kiowa the other is the Comanche both are of the southern plains. The resurgence of the Gourd Dance post Korean war can be contributed directly to the Kiowa.
This dance is strictly a Mans dance. The story of the origin of the dance as I have heard can be contributed to the legend of the Red Wolf. That is why still to this day at the end of a Gourd Dance song the dancers and singers give out the cry
of the Red Wolf.
One story is of a Kiowa warrior tired and separated from a war party was trying to find his way back to his village. The warrior heard a strange and melodic sound coming from over a rise. He slowly went to the top and peered over to see Red Wolf down at the bottom . Red Wolf was bouncing up and down on his haunches. He had a fan in his left hand and a rattle in his right. He was singing songs and melodies that were stirring the spirit of the warrior. The warrior listened to the songs and melodies throughout the rest of the day and night. At the end of each song the Red Wolf would raise his rattle to the sky and vigorously shake it and let out a howl.
At day break the Red Wolf stopped and looked up to the Warrior. Red Wolf called to the Warrior and told him that these songs were a gift to his people for their bravery in battle. He was to take these songs back to the people. If the people were true to their culture and did things in a good way they would have these songs to sing and this dance to use to honor their Warriors for their bravery and deeds in battle.
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others who have helped along the way
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I am proud to say that I have finally received permission to use information that was given to me the first time I had an interest in the Gourd Dance. My wife was introduced to Gourd Dance first by Mr. Lezley Russell and his wife Mrs. Carolyn Russell. After watching and asking about the history of the dance I soon became interested. Then after asking Mr. Russell he presented me with the information I needed to get started. This included a basic history of the dance, an article about the "Seven Sisters" and pictures on basic regalia. My first time to Gourd Dance, I was brought into the circle by Mr. Russell in Moberly Mo. I also had my give-away the next year at Moberly. Since that time my interest has grown, the more I learn the less I know. I felt that a part of the privilege to dance was to help people understand the origins of the Gourd Dance.
"Thank all of you that have made this site possible."
This is a link to a new page dedicated to our
Families past and non-dance related
things we like to do with the Scottish Guild
Recently a visitor expressed in my guest book that they had enjoyed my page. They also expressed that they were looking for the cultural impact that the Gourd Dance has had on the Kiowa society. This is a very valid question. This will give me another project. I wish to thank the visitor that brought this to my attention.
10/24/02 I might have a start on the answer to this question on page 2.
This past week I viewed an article published by my local newspaper.
This article released from the Pentagon concerns exposure of our VETERANS to biological and chemical substances. This occurred in the 1960's.
Although we should always be proud of Turtle island, the people in control are not always honorable. I will post this article on
The Veterans Page
After viewing a commercial for a foreign car companies SUV , in which Wolves were portrayed as vicious toward a man. My wife and I wanted to add this note.
There has never been a recorded case of any Wolf attacking a Human.
In fact we should all strive to be as good a parent. As well as family and group oriented as the Wolf Pack.
Since the Wolves came back from near extinction it is a shame that such a portrayal of them should exist.
The Gourd Dance Shawl
you see is my wife's. I have placed it here to honor the memory of her father
Frank L. Parker
a decorated WW2 Veteran.
May Grandfather Walk with You and Yours G.A.N. 9/16/01
" You can never be part Indian. You are or you are not. It is, not the quantity of Indian blood that runs through your veins that is important, but the quality of it..... your pride in being. I have seen full-bloods who care very little for their people and their ancestors, yet I have seen people with as little as 1/50th. blood quantum who inspire nations. They are truly proud of their people and ancestors. Embrace these brothers and sisters who care so much. They are our life and future."
James Branham -- A Monacan Indian
Paul Vandevelder / LiaisonAgency
We have received a request from
"Southwest Indian Foundation"
This is in regards to help to set up an educational fund for the
Lori Piestewa children.
We felt that to honor the memory of this Warrior that this site would post this request. If you can, would you please visit the link below and contribute. We can not think of any greater way to honor her memory
Your help is needed by the Alaskan Wolves. Please visit my WOLF page for details
This is a little off the usual subject I pay attention to.
I recently received an article regarding the way the RIAA
(Recording Industry Association of America)
has started to target people who download music over the Internet.
Let there be no mistake as far as the legalities of the matter they are in the right. I do not however agree with the way they have started ATTACKING people that they deem guilty. They have recently chosen 261 people to target for prosecution.
The one that distresses me is a
TWELVE YEAR OLD
honor student that lives in a New York housing unit.
This young lady is an honor student and has a single parent.
Her and her mother were taken to court, forced to pay a $2,000.00 fine and apologize for stealing music.
I do not agree with this.
I know there is a line to be drawn.
I also do not wish to promote illegal activities. I do not quite see the difference between this and the days when people recorded music over the radio.
People were not targeted then!
Remember without people like us the
would not exist.
Please let then know what you think click on the link.
Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois said
"Are you headed to junior high schools to round up the usual suspects ?"
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Wow rolled over once already
Thanks to all my visitors
I have just finished listening to a new CD created by Verdell Primeaux and his Family.
This Cd is dedicated to Lori Piestewa.
Anyone and all Veterans need to here this as it is was done to help ALL with the healing process.
All you Veterans visiting here seek this CD out.
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I have recently been working on expanding my
I am expanding this page to include
Please take a few moments to take a look
and enjoy a few of the images
you will find there.
Please take a moment to view the video below
The Alaskan wolves are in a fight for their lives.
Aerial Hunting is taking a toll
Some people have found a loop hole in Federal laws that will allow them to slaughter our
Brother the Wolf