Description of Intermission
The stomp dance, a “prayer in motion,” can represent thankfulness or supplication for a good harvest, rain, fertility, or simply blessing. It lasts through the night , sometimes continuing for days, during which periods of rest and refreshment are necessary; therefore “Intermission.” The stomp dance is not a “tourist” dance and is held in the seclusion of the woods. The dancers circle an open fire to a plaintive chant intoned by the leader and answered in chorus by the dancers. The dances are accompanied by the rhythmic sounds of rock filled turtle shells strapped to the womens’ ankles. There is great artistry required in leading the chants and the best leaders and dancers are awarded a position of high respect.
from “The Life and Art of Jerome Tiger,” 1980