War Dance

The Creeks and Their Dances (9) By Ghost Dancer Now many of you have never heard the sounds or seen a more exotic and exciting dance than the war dance. In the old, old days the sound would cause such a great excitement in any town, but there is lots to talk about before weContinue reading “War Dance”

Eagle Dances

The Creeks and Their Dances (8) By Ghost Dancer Most people associate the Eagle Dance style with other tribes, mostly those from the western states or plains peoples. I would like to talk about the Southeastern tribes and their relationship to the eagle and what the eagle is renowned for. To Southeastern Native peoples, theContinue reading “Eagle Dances”

Snake Dances

The Creeks and Their Dances (7) By Ghost Dancer Snake Clan is well known as a warrior clan and spiritual clan. Their role is one of strength and power and this is reflected in each of the distinct types of dances they conduct and oversee. The varied Snake Dances serve very different purposes so weContinue reading “Snake Dances”

Alligator Dance

The Creeks and Their Dances (6) By Ghost Dancer The alligator dance is one of the most beautiful, sensual, and time-honored dances of the old days. Alligator is a powerful war clan of the people; an ancient totem spirit and an ancient elder of life from the oldest days. Ceremonially, young men passed into manhoodContinue reading “Alligator Dance”

Beautiful Bird Dances

The Creeks and Their Dances (5) November 13, 2021 By Ghost Dancer THE FLAMINGO DANCE is a beautiful dance. If you have ever seen flamingos, you will know that their long, fluffy feathers are a soft pink in color. Dancers place these feathers on the arms, legs, and top of their heads. The dance isContinue reading “Beautiful Bird Dances”

Owl Dance

The Creeks and Their Dances (4) By Ghost Dancer One big misconception about our traditions is the owl. Many tribes west of the Mississippi  fear the owl as bad medicine (a bad sign). To us the owl is very wise and sees things that others don’t see, has the ability to see into the darkness.Continue reading “Owl Dance”

Panther & Sneak-up Dances

The Creeks and Their Dances (3) By Ghost Dancer Panther Dance Now I must speak about the Panther or Tiger Dance. This dance is conducted by the Panther or Tiger Clan for members of the clan and those who want to invoke or call for the spirit of panther or tiger to come to them.Continue reading “Panther & Sneak-up Dances”

Turkey Dance

The Creeks and Their Dances (2) By Ghost Dancer The turkey is a prominent winged figure in Mvskoke culture. Turkey is known for its constant vigilance and quick readiness to fight for its flock; its proud demeanor and its dance of love. The Mvskoke admired the turkey for its flying skills, its ability to liftContinue reading “Turkey Dance”

The Naturally Sacred Way Our Ancestors Danced

The Creeks and Their Dances (1) By Ghost Dancer To truly understand the history and culture of the early South-eastern Mvskoke Creek People, it is essential that we learn to respect their customs and mores exactly as they were. Nowhere are the strengths, beauty, and good-heartedness of this ancient culture more apparent than in theirContinue reading “The Naturally Sacred Way Our Ancestors Danced”