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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Ancient Hunting Dance captured on Video

Through the ages, hunters have gathered together in dance to bring good fortune from the Gods to their hunts. Among hunting clans, the deer hunters are nearly all great dancers, imitating every animal they know, and dancing out their own legends.

The deer hunters will gather in groups of several men to engage in a circle dance, which has no obvious explanation other than the pleasure of the motion. The hero or "Stag" of the group will typically wear a traditional headpiece which has been fashioned as a replica of their prey.

These groups have been reported "in a band of from twelve to twenty hunters, trotting and spinning quite rapidly, with occasional awkward plunges, in a circle perhaps thirty feet in diameter. Rare footage of this dance was recently caputed by a local Minnesota DNR officer.

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