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Dancer #1

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 4 November 2009 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

The Men's Fancy Dance originated in the southern United States. The origination of this dance was for the purpose of entertainment. And, entertainment is still the main feature of the dance today. The bright colours of the outfits rind the fast moves of the dancers provide an entertaining sight for onlookers. Men's Fancy dancers wear two brightly coloured bustles on their backs. Some dancers choose to make their bustles out of man-made feathers while others choose eagle feathers. The dancers also wear a cape made of cloth, ribbon or are fully beaded. They also wear matching front and back aprons. In addition to their regalia, the dancers wear porcupine head roaches, fur- leggings and bells.

PENTAX K200D 1/180 second F/5.6 ISO 100 169 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

This is really a beautiful costume…

4 Nov 2009 8:27am

@Calusarus: Thanks very much Fred! These are traditional Cree costumes..... ;-)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Nice costume.. Great shot!!

4 Nov 2009 9:08am

@Sarito: Thank you my friend! ;-)

k@ from Paris, France

With "Canadian" so readable behind, perfect frame of the great dancer !

4 Nov 2009 1:06pm

@k@: Thank you Karine! Yes, this picture was taken on Canada Day this year..... ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very interesting. Great costume and colors, Eric. Cool expressions on the faces too.

4 Nov 2009 1:36pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you Barbara! ;-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Super shot , Eric ! Looks so much familiar to me :)) This summer we had Multicultural festival and I still did not look at these shots of our dear Indians :)) Will do it soon :))

4 Nov 2009 2:30pm

@MARIANA: Thanks very much Mariana! Maybe you can share some of them with us..... ;-)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Tremendous colour in that costume Eric. What was he wearing on his feet though?

4 Nov 2009 2:52pm

@Curly: Thanks very much Curly! Actually he was wearing moccasins..... ;-)

Tammy Warren-Cricket from United States

What a fabulous shot. The color is amazing!

4 Nov 2009 4:43pm

@Tammy Warren-Cricket: Thank you very much Tammy! ;-)

Lyl and Roll from Besançon, France

Là, ça fait vraiment "kitch"...

4 Nov 2009 5:03pm

@Lyl and Roll: Merci beaucoup!! ;-))

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Another superb shot, like the bright vibrant colours

4 Nov 2009 7:23pm

@Graham Russon: Thanks Graham! ;-)

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Eric,
a very interesting statement on this recording. The colors, the clothes and headdresses are again brilliant and really compelling. I love those traditions. Pity I did not spot was able to witness. Thank you for all your comments on my web page. Dear greetings Christel

4 Nov 2009 8:11pm

@Christel: Thank you very much Christel! I am glad you are enjoying the series. ;-)

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

This is a cool shot Eric, I really like the the colours and patterns and feel to this image.

5 Nov 2009 4:11am

@bluechameleon: Thank you very much Sharon! Yes indeed, the costumes that this group is wearing is marvelously complex and colourful. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series..... ;-)

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

superb costume

5 Nov 2009 8:26am

@Veronique: Thanks Veronique! ;-)

starCosmosBleu from bedford.Qc, Canada

That is one amazing outfit...great colors and details

9 Nov 2009 10:17am

@starCosmosBleu: Thank you Marcel! I appreciate your comments and visits..... ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

An amazing costume!!!! Colours meet colours, designs change forms, but everything is in such pleasant harmony! And the man looks handsome, with a good silhouette!

10 Nov 2009 3:56am

@Japanalia: Thank you Gabriela! Yes, they are very proud of their culture...... ;-)

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

You have captured a wonderful amount of detail in this photo. I love pow wows....It has been a while. My friend who lived here for a while was Choctaw and lived here for a while in Maine. She was raising two Souix children that were given to her by their parents to raise as they could not take care of them any longer. They took me to a few pow wows.....loved them! I'm part Choctaw myself so it was interesting getting in touch with my self a little ;)

11 Nov 2009 12:49am

@Lambspun: Thank you very much Lambspun! ;-)

1/180 second
ISO 100
169 mm (35mm equiv.)