I guess it was just bad timing… We were getting quite a few of those late spring thunderstorms for the last few weeks, that was until our mountains caught on fire. Actually, the last thunderstorm we had is to blame for the now almost 47,000 acre High Park Fire. But after setting the mountain ablaze, it seems as though mother nature forgot to help us put it out. For the first time since the High park Fire started, we have a chance of showers tonight. You know what that means right… RAIN DANCE!! We all talk about doing a rain dance in times like these, but in all honesty, I had no idea what a rain dance was. So it was time to do a little research! eHow.com was my first stop, and they happened to give all the help I needed.
According to eHow, a rain dance is a ceremonial dance that many Native American tribes have performed for centuries. Members of the tribe perform the dance during the late summer months when rain is needed for crops and droughts most often occur. Many tribes around the United States keep this tradition alive and perform rain dances to this day. eHow also says that you don’t have to be a Native American to perform a rain dance.
How’s it done?
Wear turquoise and feathers, if you have any. Many Native American tribes associate turquoise with rain and feathers with the wind. Put on any turquoise-colored clothing that you may have and turquoise jewelry. If you have access to any bird or decorative feathers, place a couple in your hair or secure them to a hat and wear them during the rain dance.
Find an outdoor space where you have plenty of room to move around. Choose a space that has sparse or no tree cover so that you have a clear view of the sky. The terrain of the space you choose should be relatively flat, which will make it easier to perform the rain dance.
Spin around in circles. Begin spinning clockwise at a slow and steady pace. Chant your own simple rain chant as you spin. Your chant can be something as simple as the word “rain” repeated over and over or an entire phrase, such as “Come down rain.” Raise your hands to the sky occasionally to urge the rain to fall.
Speed up your spinning and chanting. The longer you spin and chant the faster you should spin and chant. Close your eyes as you dance and breathe in deeply between chants. When you want to end the dance, drop to your knees in silence. Stay on your knees until any dizziness you feel goes away and you can regain your balance.
We desperately need the rain… Let’s dance!