Dance into Manhood

 

 

 

Search  Inquiry Net

Back ] Home ] Up ] Next ]

Bringing in the Fire
Child to the Universe
Dance into Manhood
Naming Ceremony
New House Dedication
Peace Pipe Ceremony
Song of the Pleiades
Sunrise Ceremony
Thanks to Mother Earth
Thunder Ceremony

Scout Books

Site Contents

By Julia M. Seton

The Dance into Manhood (or Womanhood)

In our highly practical way of life, we are neglecting a wonderful opportunity which all primitive peoples seem to appreciate. In most aboriginal races, there is a ritual of initiation into manhood or womanhood, which is enacted at puberty. We may not, in all cases, approve the exact form the ceremonies take, but the fact remains that these people are impressing ideas on the adolescent mind when it is Most susceptible to all such. Incidentally, much of the evil meaning we connect with some of these rituals is read into them by our own interpretation; there is no such thought, in the mind of the participants.

Light the Sacred Fire in the center of the circle, as usual, with the rubbing sticks. In a circle about four feet outside of this Central Fire build eight smaller fires, but do not light them.

Enter the initiate, stripped to breech clout and moccasins if a boy; in native dress and headband if a girl.

He (or she) does a simple, rather slow dance about the Central Fire, using a three point pivot step (see Fundamental Steps, No. 19, with three taps instead of five)    (12 meas.). Song No. 44.

Csong44.gif (23270 bytes)
Song 44.
First Initiation Song

With Step No. 14, enter eight dancers, same sex as the initiate, and who have already passed through this ceremony. Each approaches the Central Fire with an easily kindled torch, lights it, then backs up to one of the eight fires. The initiate stands close to the Central Fire, on the side opposite to the Chief. He stands with hands relaxed at his sides.  The eight dancers hold their blazing torches high in air, and rhythm stamp in place.    12 meas.

Csong45.gif (42239 bytes)
Song No. 45
The Ground Trembles

The initiate sings THE GROUND TREMBLES (Song no. 45), "The ground trembles as I am about to enter; my heart fails me as I am about to enter." 

Csong46.gif (13777 bytes)
Song No. 46 
I am Raising Him Up (Chippewa)

The group, softly swaying their torches, sing in reply, I am Raising Him Up (Song No. 46).

Each kneels at his own fire and lights it from his torch, then stands in place.

The initiate now dances (with Sioux hop step) about in a circle between the Central Fire and the line of eight lesser fires; while the group, still with the torches on high, progress sidewise in a circle (with step-lift-close, No. 2)  the Opposite direction from the initiate. They do this to the same song, I am Raising Him Up.     15 meas.

After one round, they twine in and out among the fires for one round, using the cross toe flat (No. 10).       15 meas.

Csong47.gif (16265 bytes)
Song No. 47
We Now Receive (Chippewa).

They now stop.  The leader advances to the initiate and starts the song WE NOW RECEIVE (Song No. 47), "We now receive you midst, brother." He leads the initiate it to the Council Rock, where is is received by the Chief and given a seat. The others, still singing, exeunt.

Native Ceremonies

 

 

   

 

 


Additional Information:

Peer- Level Topic Links:
Bringing in the Fire ] Child to the Universe ] [ Dance into Manhood ] Naming Ceremony ] New House Dedication ] Peace Pipe Ceremony ] Song of the Pleiades ] Sunrise Ceremony ] Thanks to Mother Earth ] Thunder Ceremony ]

Parent- Level Topic Links:
Native Skills ] Totem Poles ] Indian Sign Language ] Indian Ceremonies ] Indian Dance ] Indian Songs ] Birch Bark Dances ] Birch Bark Songs ] Birch Bark Plays ] Indian Games for Boys ]

The Inquiry Net Main Topic Links:
 [Outdoor Skills]  [Patrol Method [Old-School]  [Adults [Advancement]  [Ideals]  [Leadership]  [Uniforms]

Search This Site:

Search Amazon.Com:

When you place an order with Amazon.Com using the search box below, a small referral fee is returned to The Inquiry Net to help defer the expense of keeping us online.  Thank you for your consideration!

Search:

Keywords:

Amazon Logo

 

 

Scout Books Trading Post

Dead Bugs, Blow Guns, Sharp Knives, & Snakes:
What More Could A Boy Want?

Old School Scouting:
What to Do, and How to Do It!

To Email me, replace "(at)" below with "@"
Rick(at)Kudu.Net

If you have questions about one of my 2,000 pages here, you must send me the "URL" of the page!
This "URL" is sometimes called the "Address" and it is usually found in a little box near the top of your screen.  Most URLs start with the letters "http://"

The Kudu Net is a backup "mirror" of The Inquiry Net.  

2003, 2011 The Inquiry Net, http://inquiry.net  In addition to any Copyright still held by the original authors, the Scans, Optical Character Recognition, extensive Editing,  and HTML Coding on this Website are the property of the Webmaster.   My work may be used by individuals for non-commercial, non-web-based activities, such as Scouting, research, teaching, and personal use so long as this copyright statement and a URL to my material is included in the text
The purpose of this Website is to provide access  to hard to find, out-of-print documents.  Much of the content has been edited to be of practical use in today's world and is not intended as historical preservation.   I will be happy to provide scans of specific short passages in the original documents for people involved in academic research.  

 

Last modified: July 03, 2013.