Choctaw Dances

Main Ideas and Enduring Understandings

This video and background information show how:

  1. the dances of the Mississippi Choctaw reflect aspects of Choctaw life, and
  2. the three types of Choctaw dances -- social, animal, and war -- serve to bind communities, honor the natural environment, and express solidarity.

This video, adapted from material provided by the ECHO partners, illustrates some of the traditional activities that connect the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to their past. Activities include traditional dances, the use of traditional instruments such as the Choctaw drum and dance sticks, and participation in games like stickball.