Sharpened Stick Dance

Format is the same as with Moccasin Dance

Songs are different

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

Fish step style

Single file, two men lead the dance, other men join in pairs

Men take the lead with a slow stomp step style or by facing their partner and doing a kick step

When the beat changes to a faster tempo, then the fish step style is used

Women join the men, two at a time and join the line between the men so that the line eventually ends up as two men, two women, two men

Song changes beat and the men and women switch places, so that the women that started on the inside of two men, end up on the outside of two men

The song ends and the partners stay where they are until the next song, and they will switch places again, when the beat changes

It is said that the popular 1920’s dance craze “The Charleston” was derived from the Sharpened Stick Dance.