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  • Format is basically the same as with Moccasin Dance
  • Songs begin with a slow beat
  • 2 or more singers, usually about 6-10, in the middle, water drum and horn rattles
  • "Fish" step style of dancing
  • Single file, two men lead the dance, other men join in pairs
  • Men take the lead with a slow stomp step style or by facing their partner and doing a kick step
  • When the beat changes to a faster tempo, then the fish step style is used
  • Women join the men, two at a time and join the line between the men so that the line eventually ends up as two men, two women, two men
  • Song changes beat and the men and women switch places, so that the women that started on the inside of two men, end up on the outside of two men
  • The song ends with the lead dancer giving a yell, like a "whoop" and the partners stay where they are until the next song, and they will switch places again, when the beat changes


To hear sample of Raccoon Dance in MP3 format, click the following:
Song 1
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