with Powwow Dancer Binder Jacobs
Jacobs, a dancer at a powwow held at Rice
University, discusses the traditional Native
American clothing she wears for the
Brinder Jacobs, a dancer from the Seminole
Nation (Seminole-Creek), is wearing a
traditional buckskin dress with split elk
fringe to honor her ancestors.
participate in the dancing, she also wears
traditional fringed buckskin boots.
My name is
Brinder Jacobs, and I'm from
Seminole Nation. I am Seminole-Creek.
The dancers are at this powwow to participate in
traditional singing and dancing and to celebrate
the Native American culture. Many of them are
wearing elaborate costumes. Yours is very simple
and natural-looking. Could you tell us about the
clothing that you are wearing for this event?
Yes, I am dressed this way to honor all my
ancestors, my family. I want to dress the way they
dressed 100 years ago. I want to stick to natural
dress. They didn't have crystal bead then.
wearing a traditional buckskin dress. There's no
(modern) sewing. It's all handmade. The dress is
made of buckskin and has elk fringelong
fringe hanging from the dress. When you dance, the
What is your jewely made of?
Jacobs: Beads of bone and brass.
And the feather in your hair?
It's a porcupine quill with eagle feathers.
It's clothing that truly preserves your native
heritageand it's very beautiful. Thank you
for sharing with us, Brinder Jacobs.
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