Once a young man, lame in one foot, longed ever so much to dance. He took that longing out onto the prairie, praying for guidance as he limped up a small hill. On top of that hill, it came to him – he should develop his own style of dance.
As he pondered this revelation, he looked down over the prairie with its swaying and swooping grasses. This, he realized, this could be his dance.
And thus, so it is said, is the origin of the grass dance one might see at a powwow. Men wear strands of yarn or ribbon, hanging from their arms and waist to represent grass in the spirit world. Their graceful dance flows like the rippling prairie grasses.