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porcupine quills, leather and dye
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 48 (illustrated/bw) fig. 137.
There were numerous societies for the ceremonial performance of dance and music among the Araphaho and other Plains peoples. Men advanced through the different levels of a dance society as tehy aged. The stage with the oldest members was considered to be the most sacred. There was only one women's dance society, and its members were usually young women, although there was no restriction placed on age. The dance performed by this society was a four-day event, with the older women acting as leaders. The dance movements, which included whistle-blowing, imitated the hunt and behavior of the buffalo.
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