American Powwow Dancer
Bullock of the Alabama Coushatta
Bullock, head dancer at a pow wow held at
Rice University, talks about the dancing, the
costumes, and the celebration of Native American
Could you tell us a little bit about
Bullock, the headman dancer at this
powwow, made two feather bustles. He wears
these colorful bustles when he performs
Fancy Dancing. He uses the hoops in the
front of the photo when he does the Hoop
Bullock and another dancer each wear two
colorful bustles as they do some very
athletic fancy dancing which involves some
I'm from the Alabama Coushatta Reservation in
Texas. I'm 26 years old, and I'm the headman at
tonight's powwow. I'm half
Sac & Fox and half
Where and how often do you perform at
I dance all over the country; I dance every
weekend. I started dancing when I was young and
picked it up professionally at 22.
Where do you get your costumes?
I make all my own costumes, except for the beadwork
and fringe on the capes. I do most of it by myself.
I feel comfortable doing it myself.
What are you making here?
are feather bustles for fancy dancing. They're very
colorful. The outfit I wear represents both the
Sac & Fox and the Alabama-Coushatta. Fancy
Dancing is very athletic and has fast
What are the hoops for?
I also do the Hoop Dance. It's a style most people
want to do. They say it started on the Tahoe Taos
Reservation. I learned it as I was growing up. I
learned by watching. It was just something in my
mind that I wanted to do. It's not a tradition from
our tribe; it's something we picked up.
What about the music?
We sing as we dance. I've been singing for about a
Thank you Gabe Bullock for sharing information
about powwow dancing with us. You've provided a
special cultural experience for our
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