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An interview with members of the North American Indian dance tribe 'Clan Nation' reveals the symbolic meaning embodied in different tribal dances. A Cherokee musician uses drums and chanting sounds to create a heart beat for the dancers to perform stamping and stepping patterns to. The difference between male and female dancers can be seen in the movement patterns, expressive qualities and tribal costume. The significance of the eagle can be seen by the feathers worn in tribal headdresses. A tribal member performs the 'hoop dance', symbolising unity and equality within the circle.
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5 February 2010

Classroom Ideas

This clip can be used as a stimulus or reference to highlight the movements in a North American tribal dance. The teacher could use this clip as a discussion point into how they move to the music. Pupils may be asked to create a similar tempo using a drum. This clip could also be used to evaluate pupils' movements and dances.