This past weekend (March 29 and 30), there was a powwow in Nachez, Mississippi. Native American powwows are very colorful and the dances are festive and interesting. Dancing and singing has always been a major part of Native American life. When James Mooney lived with the Cherokee in the 1830’s, he witnessed and wrote about the Cherokee Ball Play Dance. Here are some of Mooney’s observations:
“In 1834, before the removal of the Cherokee to the west, a great game was played near the present site of Jasper, Georgia, between the settlements of Hickory Log and Coosawattee, in which there were eighteen players on a side, and the chiefs of the rival settlements wagered $1,000 apiece on the result.