with Powwow Dancer Gabe Bullock
Bullock, head dancer at a powwow held at Rice
University, talks about the dancing, the costumes,
and the celebration of Native American
Bullock, the headman dancer at this
powwow, makes 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
Bullock and another dancer each wear two
colorful bustles as they do some very
athletic fancy dancing which involves some
Could you tell us a little bit about
Bullock: 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 Alabama-Coushatta
Where and how often do you perform at
Bullock: 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?
Bullock: 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
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?
Bullock: 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 out tribe; it's something we
What about the music?
Bullock: We sing as we dance. I've been singing
for about a year.
Thank you Gabe Bullock for sharing information
about powwow dancing with us. You've provided a
special cultural experience for our
Dances from Around the
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