We had walked through the midway. We had walked through where the rides, the concession stands, and the souvenir shops were. We had seen the jousting. We had listened to a guitar player, a fiddle player, and a banjo player. We had watched a lady make soap and some black smiths at work in the Wild West section, and we finally made it to the Indian dances.
When I used to go to the Indian dances at the fair when I was in high school, the group of dancers was much larger than what we saw this year. This group of dancers called themselves the Plains Indian Dancers. There were the Indian drummers sitting in the middle of the stage like they sit in the middle of an Indian Pow Wow. When I used to come to see the Indian dancers at the fair grounds, they used to just be on a grassy field, and we all sat on the ground around watching, but this year, they were on a stage, and all the people were sitting on benches. I was thankful for the benches.
I actually took several videos beside the snap shots of them dancing, but none of my videos would upload. I was glad that I had taken pictures, but you would have enjoyed it more to see the actual dances and hear the drums and the Indian singing. The drummers are professional drummers, and as they beat the big drums, they are always singing, “Hey-ya, hey-ya, hey-ya!”
There was a story about the dance the little girl who did the healing dance did. There was a little girl who was very sick. Her grandfather wanted to help her get better. He made a dress full of things that jingled like this little girl is wearing in the picture. He took his sick grand daughter to a Pow Wow. He also took the dress. He persuaded his grand daughter to wear the dress. Just wearing the dress perked her up a bit. She pushed herself and walked limping in the circle at the everyone else danced. The next time around, the dress encouraged her so much she actually walked normal while the others were dancing. The third time around, she was dancing with the rest of them. The jingle dress really encouraged her.
I really wish my videos would have uploaded, but you can see that these were very interesting. If I can get the videos to upload later, I will add them to my blog. As usual, I really enjoyed the Indian dances at the Oklahoma State fair grounds. My daughter enjoyed them too. We had seen what I promised to show my daughter and more, and she was thrilled! However, after we saw the dancers, we realized that if we just stayed put on the benches, there was more fun to be had. Another show began right away, a Wild West show. If you want to see that, it will be the next blog to keep this one from getting too long.