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INDIAN GAMES AND DANCES
The following dramatic dance and the accompanying songs are employed on such an occasion. The songs are taken from ceremonies used to promote peace.
Properties. — Staffs, about three feet long, with small blue flags, as many as there are dancers, the same num­ber of blue head-bands and blue sashes. The latter are to be worn from the right shoulder across the breast and tied at the waist under the left arm. A drum.
Directions. — This dance belongs to both sexes and boys and girls should, if possible, join in it.
The Dance
All the dancers stand facing the East, in one or more rows deep, according to the number, their staffs held in the right hand so that the flags will hang in front of each dancer, covering the chest, as they begin the following song:
Song No. i
Away, away, dark clouds, away!
Leave the sky! Go far away, dark clouds, to-day!
Leave the sky! Stormy clouds, go far away, far away, Stormy clouds, no longer stay!
Leave the sky! Go far away, dark clouds, to-day!
Leave the sky! Stormy clouds, go far way, far away!
Stormy clouds, begone!
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