Cousin’s Dance

2 or more singers, usually about 6-10, in the middle, water drum and horn rattles

The Iroquois Society is matrilineal, and this dance is meant to get the women dancing with their relations on their father’s side of the family

Format is basically the same as with Moccasin Dance

The women lead the dance by first standing in single file and singing the lead songs with the men, at a higher pitch

When the beat changes, the women go to the men’s side and pick a partner who is their relative on their father’s side of the family

The women dance in the two step shuffle style and the men dance in the fish step style.

When the beat changes in the song, then the men and women switch places