First Fancy Dance
by Leonard Peltier • Ojibwa/Lakota
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Watching a young child participate in his first powwow is a proud moment for his parents, relatives and friends. The parents and older children will help with the construction of his outfit. While he may be bashful as he enters the dance arena, the sounds of drumming and singing soon have him dancing and whirling.
In beauty you shall be my representation,
In beauty you shall be my song,
In beauty you shall be my medicine,
In beauty my holy medicine.
-from The Night Chant, Navajo