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Women’s Traditional Dance—Oneida Nation

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Women’s Traditional Dance—Oneida Nation

The sun receded quietly on a relaxing siesta, as 
Calm clouds of the mid-afternoon smiled henced,
The beat of the drums provideth dancing rhythm
As she moved in pure elegance with harmony, to
A style of danced buoyantly bouncing in melody.

Crafted beadworks accented her warmth charm,
Under her delicately brown-jeweled moccasins
The grass provideth such a natural cushion,
As Angular unique flexings of her gentle knees
Resonated like an eagle’s stealthy landing

Quietly in its nests with an eye on a nice prize.
She tingled as the sound of bells jingled
Sending pure melodic rhythm to ears—many!
Whilst she turned in an elegantly slow motion
Fringes from her shawl swayed air of warmth.

The balls of her feet moved in slight degrees as
Her heels touched Mother Earth softly in harmony,
She smiled as the judges watched intently. Like
A graceful dove she floated with precision—uniquely!
Her buckskin regalia trimmings—so singed softly!

As she danced in the sunset evening's twilight;
She created an energetic circle of life’s fire
Yet, never raised her ceremonial feathered fan,
Whilst in clear focus emerged from the dance
Regal styles of proud cultural Native heritage 

A contrastingly exquisite fine female figure 
Arousing sights in the soft evening’s twilight,
Dispelling the uncertainly to even look twice,
Elegantly noble and much marvelously nice:
She was naturally—First Woman!

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Written During Oneida Nation Annual 2010
Independence Weekend Pow-wow Celebration
Host Drummers – Bear Creek
Oneida, Wisconsin, Bordering Green Bay

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Won Honorable Mentioned Prize
Images Contest
Sponsored by Frank Herrera
7/15/10

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  1. Date: 2/28/2014 11:04:00 AM

    Absolutely brilliant. Thanks for making my day. I have found it pleasurable to always begin the weekend with Poetrysoup because poets like you and poems like this do not disappoint. Have a lovely weekend

  1. Date: 11/14/2010 10:13:00 AM

    This was a beautifully written poem! I am glad I read it! Thanks for sharing!

  1. Date: 7/21/2010 10:00:00 AM

    Very interesting and the story itself is incredible and inspiring. Beautiful imagery of dancers and the atmosphere is exotic. Love, Sami.

  1. Date: 7/14/2010 4:03:00 PM

    I spent many years on the Rosebud Resesrvation in South Dakota buy I never witnessed any Indian ceremonies. You portrayed this maidens movements beautifully. God Bless, Cile

  1. Date: 7/12/2010 5:56:00 AM

    very captivating,, the images and story are amazing. Loved it Joesph, Beautiful and eritic on the waves of the traditional dancers. Have a nice one,..p.d.

  1. Date: 7/10/2010 4:01:00 PM

    A beautiful Lyric filled with beautiful imagery, Joseph. Congratulations on your HM in Frank's sponsored "Images" Contest! Have a good weekend! Peace, love, Audrey

  1. Date: 7/10/2010 9:56:00 AM

    Great job writing this one, Joseph. Grace, eloquence, and womanhood are graciously portrayed. Keep up the good writing. Smiles, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 7/10/2010 4:19:00 AM

    An absoloutely awesome poem.It really touches the reader. The end is superb. You are an inspiration to me. Thanks for your comments.

  1. Date: 7/8/2010 7:36:00 PM

    A beautiful Lyric here Mr. Spence ! I went to a Roanoke Pow Wow some years back in NJ and I was also fascinated by a particular dancer in the circle dance...thanks for the memories Sir ! james

  1. Date: 7/8/2010 7:13:00 AM

    Congratulations Joseph on your win in Frank Herrera's contest "Images". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/8/2010 2:22:00 AM

    What a stunningly vivid image you have created in this lyrical dance, Joseph. Cngratulations on your win. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 7/7/2010 5:08:00 PM

    Hi Joseph, thanks for your comment on my recent poem:)

  1. Date: 7/7/2010 4:17:00 PM

    ... & your pen danced well, too ... congras!!! Canny

  1. Date: 7/7/2010 11:04:00 AM

    wow, great description. Did it get a prize! You pained the picture very well. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 7/7/2010 5:43:00 AM

    Congrats Joseph on your HM in the Images contest with this wonderful write ..enjoy your very special honor my friend.. with luv from the "Sweetheart" in Hawaii.. I posted a new blog last night with some vacation photos of the hundred takend so if u want a little island magic please take a look..my blessings of my four sons and three grand babies also posted too.. luv..

  1. Date: 7/7/2010 2:55:00 AM

    Hi Joseph, loved your vivid description of a Pow-wow. Although I've never seen a ritual dance of the Oneida Nation, I'll see it now before my closed eyes! So nicely written and crafted, enjoyed reading your poem this morning! Thank you for your kind comment and have anice day...Gert

  1. Date: 7/6/2010 7:21:00 AM

    You have depicted the grace of the dance so well, creates a mighty picture. Well done! I really like lines 5 and 19 in particular I posted an 'Epulaeryu' on the 4th having read about it's construction on the site. Crubeens are a well known Irish dish. Déirdre Ó Maidín

  1. Date: 7/6/2010 2:16:00 AM

    Wow, Joseph, I was captivated by the description of this Native American woman and her dance. Wish I could have seen her performance, but your poem makes me feel like I was right there watching her with you. Excellent writing! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 7/5/2010 1:16:00 PM

    Interesting write...Oneida is an Indian Tribe name? Did not know that...Keep the creative pen flowing and educate us..Sara

  1. Date: 7/5/2010 9:17:00 AM

    Beautiful twilight dance with a touch of class,penned in verse. .Wonderful Mr.Spence :)C elene...