Corn Grinding Dance Woodcraft
Before the beginning of the dance, the metates (grinding stones) have been put in place in a row, one for each maiden.
(a) They walk in, basket under left arm, brush in right hand i 2 meas.
(b) Each maid, now in front of her metate, raises head to the
Great Spirit 3 meas.
(c) Kneel in place 3 meas.
(d) Place brush to right, basket to left 4 meas.
(e) Squat back on heels, hands relaxed, look lovingly at metate
( f ) Grind in rhythm
(This completes one rendition of the song)
(g) In rhythm, sweep corn into the baskets
(h) Stand with basket in both hands
(i) Feet together, raise basket to Great Spirit
(j) Lower basket toward Maka hza (Mother Earth) 4 meas.
(k) Pivot to right, throwing pinch of corn to each of the four winds (l) Encircle metate with step No. 2 i (This completes the second rendition of song) (m) Face right, and skim (step No. 39) away from znetate 5 meas.
(n) About face, and skim back to nietate 5 meas.
(o) Hold baskets high, all close together 2 meas.
(p) Pivot to right 3 meas.
(q) Pivot to left 3 meas.
(r) String out into one line as in beginning 4 meas.
(s) Hold basket high 5 meas.
(t) Walk off in rhythm 14 meas.
(This completes the third rendition of the song)
5 meas. 14 meas
The English translation of the song given by Natalie Curtis is as follows
Oh, my lovely mountain, To'yallane!
Oh, my lovely mountain, To'yallane ! To'yallane!
High up in the sky, See the Rain Makers seated,
Hither come the rain clouds now, He-ya, he-ya, he-ya!
Behold, yonder All will soon be abloom, Where the flowers spring,
Tall shall grow the youthful corn-plants!
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Last modified: October 15, 2016.