What is the “Round Dance?”

-C.J. Keene, News Director

The sound of indigenous song is always distinct.

This was the song played as members of the Red Ribbon Skirt Society and their allies performed a Round Dance Thursday, along with intra-tribal and Sun Dance songs.

For those outside the indigenous community, cultural items like the Round Dance can be intimidating subjects to approach respectfully.

However, Darla Black, an indigenous advocate, specifically describes it as a social dance.

In the Round Dance, the group forms a circle, takes one another’s hands, and round the circle together, before turning the other direction and doing it again.

Attendees of the MMIW Day of Awareness yesterday, regardless of race, were invited to join in the Round Dance.

Black shared her message to those currently outside the orbit of MMIW activism.

Round Dances were held nationwide yesterday in memory of missing and murdered indigenous peoples.