Watahtshero:ton, or the Standing Quiver Dance, is a Mohawk dance that was traditionally performed to honor the men of the tribe.
Before a hunting party departed or a group of warriors left for battle, men would place their weapons and hunting gear in the middle of the dance area. Then, the group would dance around the pile of weapons in single file.
The dance is also known as the Traveling Dance, Long Dance, Trotting Dance, and Stomp Dance. It is a call-and-answer dance in which people put their good thoughts and prayers into the weapons that the hunters and warriors would be successful and come back without injury. The Standing Quiver Dance is usually the first dance performed at a Mohawk social dance performance.
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