sway dancing

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The music played during the Girls Dance of the Enemyway ceremonial is known as “Sway Music.” These are complex songs with minimal, repeated vocalizations. While this music is played girls ask non-related men to dance, hence, sway dancing.

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"Dancers walking down the road, Fruitland, NM, 1952," photograph, (2006_34_90). Farmington Museum, Farmington, New Mexico. All rights reserved. Use with permission only.

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