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Dance Stick

Object Number:46-6-24D
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: United States of America
North Carolina
Culture Area: Southeast Culture Area
Outside Diameter:1.5 cm
Credit Line:Cherokee Expedition; Frank G. Speck and John G. Witthoft, 1946


Smoothed sticks of adler wood. Beveled at ends. "Sticks used in Beaver dance. A ring of dancers holds a circle of sticks by gripping them end to end to form a cordon of sticks inside dancing ring during first portion of dance. Then the dancers change to outside of ring of sticks. In second portion of dance two dancers carry the sticks as clubs to strike the image of a beaver in imitation of killing beaver."

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