Dance for Mother Earth 2013
The drums carry the heartbeat of the Indian nation, as well as the heartbeat of Mother Earth. The drum brings the spirits and nations together and, as with many things in Native American culture, brings balance and rejuvenation to people as they dance, sing, or listen to the heartbeat.
Following the grand entry, the emcee invites an invocation. A prayer song and honoring song for veterans follows, with everyone in the circle, then the contests for best dancers and drums begin.
The categories for dancing are divided into age and gender. Both men and women participate in traditional and fancy dances, but only women perform the jingle dance. The jingle dress, also called a prayer dress, was seen in a dream, as a way to bring healing. Bent snuff cans are sewn onto ribbon and attached close together on the dress to create the sounds of falling rain with each step.