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This dance is originally from the Tutelo Nation.   The dance was adopted by the Iroquois when the Tutelos (small Sioux Nation) were adopted into the Iroquois Confederacy.

  • 2 or more singers, usually about 6-10, in the middle, water drum and horn rattles.
  • Women lead the dance, by two pairs of women, two in front, two behind and then first by singing the beginning songs of the dance, along with the men singers. The women's voices are of a higher pitch sound.
  • When the beat changes, then the dancing begins.
  • Step style is of a hop and kick type of motion, hence it is sometimes called "Kick Dance". The pairs face each other, with one pair dancing backwards
  • When the beat changes again, the women switch places, continuing with the beat and continuing dancing, with the second pair taking the lead
  • Men join in pairs and dance with the women, two men with two women and at the change in beat, switch places.
  • Also known as "Naked Dance"

To hear sample of Shake the Bush Dance in MP3 format, click one of the following songs.

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