Cherokee Connection Chapter 3 page 14
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The Stomp Dance

The amusements in the Canadian district at that time were the green corn ceremony, stalk shooting and the stomp dance. Stomp dances were done outside on the ground, sometimes around a fire. The old puncheon-floor dance (named for the split and planed logs they were made from) was held in the school house. A man and a woman would step out facing each other, standing on one puncheon. Then the music started, which more often was minus a violin but composed of tin cans which they beat with a stick and everybody kept time to the dance by hand clapping.

The steps were something like the steps to the old break down music and some of the Indian stomp dances, and they had to dance up and down, back and forth, never passing each other on one puncheon. It was fun. William Freeman liked the dance, so did the Arnett girls, so William would ask them to go with him frequently.

Rattles for stomp dance

William might have shown off his expertise with the blow gun in a way similar to this indian.

Stomp dance grounds

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