Song and Dance

Song and dance serve many important functions in Native cultures. Traditional song and dances brings to life times when a shaman might sing to cure a sick person; dances are used to bring rain during a dry spell, to declare war on an enemy tribe, or as a memorial for a deceased family member. Celebrations of any kind usually involve music and dancing, often done in elaborate regalia and masks that help to tell a story.


Storytelling has always been a powerful part of various Native cultures. Gifted storytellers pass myths and legends, fables, social customs, traditions, and family and tribal histories down from generation to generation. They teach the young about their own culture. Stories are also a form of entertainment that began thousands of years ago and still practiced today.