Sovereign Amonsoquath Band of Cherokee

SPRING FROG DANCE 



Knee-Deep (Spring Frog) Dance

"tustu", onomatopoetic for voice of the diminutive tree frog, or spring peeper.

First Movement---Two parallel lines of men and women circle counterclockwise in a slow, shuffling step. Each line has a singing leader, one of whom uses a gourd rattle after singing two songs; he is followed by a woman partner with turtle leg-rattles. At one side is a drummer, who does not sing, but all the dancers participate in the singing.

Second Movement---At change of song to quick time, all the dancers reverse direction.

Third Movement---The first movement is resumed.

The dance is popular for relaxation and sociability, and women are especially invited to particpate.

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