Sundance
Sundance
Sundance
Sundance <ul><li>The Sundance is one of the Sioux’s greatest rites and was first held many, many winters ago after they re...
Sundance <ul><li>It is held each year during the Moon of Fattening (June) or the Moon of Cherries Blackening (July), alway...
Sundance <ul><li>In this great rite the sun dancers offer their bodies as a sacrifice in behalf of all the people, and thr...
Sundance <ul><li>The sacred rustling tree (cottonwood) stands at the center of the great lodge.   </li></ul>
Sundance <ul><li>Helpers dress as if they were going on the warpath, and they left the camp as if to attack an enemy.   </...
Sundance <ul><li>When they come to the chosen tree, they all gather around it and the pipe is smoked in ceremony.  </li></...
Sundance <ul><li>A man of good character, who has shown himself to be brave and self-sacrificing on the warpath, was chose...
Sundance <ul><li>After chanting a song the people all cry, and then, for the rest of the day and all that night, they danc...
Sundance <ul><li>The dance, during the first night, represents the people in the darkness of ignorance. Just before dawn t...
Sundance <ul><li>At dawn the dancers enter the lodge, and with them is the keeper of the sacred pipe. A sacred altar is ma...
Sundance <ul><li>Then the dancers all chant in a sacred manner, and they all dance to the four quarters of the universe, f...
Sundance <ul><li>All the dancers are painted, after which they purify themselves in the smoke of sweetgrass.  </li></ul>
Sundance <ul><li>When all the preparations are finished, the dancers stand at the foot of the sacred tree, at the west, an...
Sundance <ul><li>As the singers chant, the dancers move around in the four directions. </li></ul>
Sundance <ul><li>As the singers and drummers increase the speed of their chanting and drumming, the helpers rush up and, g...
Sundance <ul><li>The helpers then pull up the skin of the dancer’s left breast, and through this loose skin a sharp buffal...
Sundance <ul><li>A long rawhide rope is tied at its middle, around the sacred tree, towards its top, and then the two ends...
Sundance <ul><li>The helpers stand the dancer up roughly, who blow upon his eagle-bone whistle and, leaning back upon his ...
Sundance <ul><li>The medicine man puts a healing herb on his wounds, and they carry him to a place in the shade where he r...
Sundance <ul><li>Just before sundown, a pipe is taken to the singers and drummers as an indication that their work has bee...
Sundance <ul><li>After offering it to the six directions and taking a few puffs himself, the keeper of the pipe hands it t...
Sundance <ul><li>The dancers, however, have not finished, for they now take off their clothes and they all entered the swe...
Sundance <ul><li>The men then go back to the sacred tipi, where much food is brought to them, and all the people were happ...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Sundance For Jhigh

878 views
814 views

Published on

Published in: Technology, Education
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
878
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
1
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
2
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Sundance For Jhigh

  1. 1. Sundance
  2. 2. Sundance
  3. 3. Sundance
  4. 4. Sundance <ul><li>The Sundance is one of the Sioux’s greatest rites and was first held many, many winters ago after they received the sacred pipe from the White Buffalo Cow Woman. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Sundance <ul><li>It is held each year during the Moon of Fattening (June) or the Moon of Cherries Blackening (July), always at the time when the moon is full, for the growing and dying of the moon reminds us of our ignorance which comes and goes; but when the moon is full, it is as if the eternal light of the Great Spirit were upon the whole world. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Sundance <ul><li>In this great rite the sun dancers offer their bodies as a sacrifice in behalf of all the people, and through you the people will gain understanding and strength. </li></ul><ul><li>The dancers must always be conscious of these things - it is all very sacred. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Sundance <ul><li>The sacred rustling tree (cottonwood) stands at the center of the great lodge. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sundance <ul><li>Helpers dress as if they were going on the warpath, and they left the camp as if to attack an enemy. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sundance <ul><li>When they come to the chosen tree, they all gather around it and the pipe is smoked in ceremony. </li></ul><ul><li>The chief then does a little victory dance around the tree, singing their chief’s songs. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sundance <ul><li>A man of good character, who has shown himself to be brave and self-sacrificing on the warpath, was chosen to have the honor of counting coup on the tree. </li></ul><ul><li>He motions with his axe three times towards the tree, and the fourth time he strikes it. The tree is then carried back to the camp. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Sundance <ul><li>After chanting a song the people all cry, and then, for the rest of the day and all that night, they dance. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Sundance <ul><li>The dance, during the first night, represents the people in the darkness of ignorance. Just before dawn the dance stops, and at this time the dancers and their relatives place offerings outside the sacred lodge at each of the four quarters. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Sundance <ul><li>At dawn the dancers enter the lodge, and with them is the keeper of the sacred pipe. A sacred altar is made, and offerings are presented to the buffalo. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Sundance <ul><li>Then the dancers all chant in a sacred manner, and they all dance to the four quarters of the universe, finally facing towards the sacred tree at the center. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Sundance <ul><li>All the dancers are painted, after which they purify themselves in the smoke of sweetgrass. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Sundance <ul><li>When all the preparations are finished, the dancers stand at the foot of the sacred tree, at the west, and gazing up at the top of the tree, they raise their right hands and blow upon the eagle-bone whistles. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Sundance <ul><li>As the singers chant, the dancers move around in the four directions. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Sundance <ul><li>As the singers and drummers increase the speed of their chanting and drumming, the helpers rush up and, grasping one of the dancers roughly and throw him on the ground. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Sundance <ul><li>The helpers then pull up the skin of the dancer’s left breast, and through this loose skin a sharp buffalo bone is thrust. In the same manner the right breast is pierced. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Sundance <ul><li>A long rawhide rope is tied at its middle, around the sacred tree, towards its top, and then the two ends of the rope were tied to the pegs in the dancer’s chest. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Sundance <ul><li>The helpers stand the dancer up roughly, who blow upon his eagle-bone whistle and, leaning back upon his thongs, he dances and continues to dance in this manner until the thongs broke loose from his flesh. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Sundance <ul><li>The medicine man puts a healing herb on his wounds, and they carry him to a place in the shade where he rests for a few moments. Then, getting up, he continues to dance with the others. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Sundance <ul><li>Just before sundown, a pipe is taken to the singers and drummers as an indication that their work has been finished and that they may now smoke. </li></ul><ul><li>All the dancers then sit down, and the pipe was lit. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Sundance <ul><li>After offering it to the six directions and taking a few puffs himself, the keeper of the pipe hands it to the dancers, passing it around in a circle. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Sundance <ul><li>The dancers, however, have not finished, for they now take off their clothes and they all entered the sweat lodge to be purified once more. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Sundance <ul><li>The men then go back to the sacred tipi, where much food is brought to them, and all the people were happy and rejoicing, for a great thing had been done, and in the winters to come much strength will be given to the life of the nation through this great rite. </li></ul>

×