Starr Hardridge

Mvskoke Nocturne

Acrylic on canvas, 36"h x 24"w, Item No. 14147,

The stomp dance is both the communal and ceremonial dance of the Mvskoke people. Typically taking place during an all night ceremony, the dance is led by the caller that sets the tone of the call and response singing. Women wear turtle shell shakers on the legs or cans under there skirts that shake as they shuffle along and keep the rhythm of the dance and singing. A cosmic rhythm takes place here around the fire, balanced and aligned with the four cardinal directions of the universe. Men, women, and community are synchronized with each other.