The (nekkid) Turtle Dance Thread

melvalenaJuly 12, 2011

Since no one else has the courage to start this I will.

I did a little research. Nothing much out there on how to do The Nekkid Turtle Dance.

But here's what I did find on Wiki:

Feathers and turquoise (or any sort of blue shade) are worn during the ceremony to symbolize wind and rain respectively.

To perform the ceremony, one uses a stick to draw a turtle facing West in the sand or dirt of an area in need of rain. The stick is then driven into the ground so that it remains protruding from the turtle's back. The time required for the action to take effect varies from one account to another, ranging from occurring instantaneously to taking several days.

from other sources:

A variation on the ceremony requires that those participating must spit onto the turtle's back, and is thus called a spit.

How To A Rain Dance

1. Never do a rain dance on a hill.

2. Make sure you have a lot of room so you

don't run into anything.

3. Spin around in clockwise circles.

4. Make up your own rain chant. It should be rhythmical

and easy to say fast.

5. Yell your rain chant while spinning around in circles.

6. If you are trying to get rid of rain, spin in

counterclockwise circles and say your chant backwards.

http://www.mcpasd.k12.wi.us/kms/weiss/Semester2/pageskr04/index.html

The nekkid part we just have to add ourselves.

I'd volunteer my place, but I don't think my lot has enough level ground for it. (and we'd have to nix the nekkid part)

Lets discuss a date and time. I think if we do it all over the state at the same time we'd get pretty good coverage.

Photos can be posted over in the gallery.

Is anyone good at making up chants?

Here is a link that might be useful: How To Make A Rain Turtle

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pjtexgirl(7b DFW)

LOL!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 10:14PM
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greybird(z7 TX)

Sign me up!!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 11:12PM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

I have to do this in by back yard with the eight foot fence all around. When do we start?????

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 9:07AM
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greybird(z7 TX)

I work every weekend double shifts(Fri-Sun), so I can't participate on those days. Any other time is good for me.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 9:30AM
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soxxxx

We might do it on a moonless night.

The turtle must be drawn and the stick in place just before the sun sets.

No flashlights, just wrap in a white towel to drop when the whirling begins, A white one should be easy to find when it is over.

And just imagine how cool that newly falling rain will feel.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 2:07PM
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chena(z8 Texas)

Spin in circles!! Yeah Right.. I'm not sure insurance covers that!! Nekkid would be the easy part! It's HOT!!! LMAO!!!

Kylie

    Bookmark   July 13, 2011 at 2:56PM
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soxxxx

I only did it in my imagination and it is raining buckets.
Temp is down from over 100 to 70s.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2011 at 7:03PM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

Soxxx, send us your secret..............

    Bookmark   July 14, 2011 at 10:29PM
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kentuck_8b(__)

I guess you are right! I found this online... The 4th one is interesting.

How to perform a traditional rain dance.

Things You'll Need: Turquoise-colored clothing and jewelry,
Feathers.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

Speed up your spinning and chanting...That sounds easy enough.

Close your eyes as you dance and breathe in deeply between chants...Again, no problem.

When you want to end the dance, drop to your knees in silence...I think the spinning will end the dance sooner than I want, and dropping to my knees would be more of an involuntary movement. Silence may also be difficult since it's hard for me to heave without making at least some noise.

Stay on your knees until any dizziness you feel goes away and you can regain your balance...I don't think I'd have a choice with the nausea that would follow all that spinning...regaining my balance may take a while. Just don't let me pass out while on my back with my mouth open, just in case the rain dance works.

Kt

    Bookmark   July 14, 2011 at 10:35PM
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PKponder TX(7b)

hehehe, such an entertaining thread! I'm thinking about doing this tonight just after dark with the turquoise clothing on! Where am I gonna find a feather?

    Bookmark   July 15, 2011 at 5:14AM
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melvalena

Do you have a feather duster?

    Bookmark   July 15, 2011 at 7:33AM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

Or a friendly bird????

    Bookmark   July 15, 2011 at 9:30AM
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PKponder TX(7b)

No feather duster, just one of those static puff things :-) I'll stop by the duck pond for a feather. y'all listen for the rain ...LOL!

    Bookmark   July 15, 2011 at 2:26PM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

Something definitely worked! It's raining here in north San Antonio now and the radar shows more behind it.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 5:26PM
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melvalena

Did you do the dance?

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 6:43PM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

Oh no, I just watered the prickly pear a few days ago.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 8:15PM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

Now what do WE do, mel?..............I don't have a prickly pear to water.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 10:14PM
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melvalena

I was wondering the same thing Carrie, don't have a prickly pear either. Guess we'll have to dance nekkid.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 10:50PM
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soxxxx

I love this post.

I took some chalk and drew a huge green turtle facing west on my concrete driveway. I wrote "Nekkid turtle rain dance held here, Y'all come." I could, but have not danced around it.

It sure is making people ask questions.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2011 at 11:26PM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

That is funny, soxx..............wish I were nearer, I would come dance with you.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2011 at 8:55AM
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little_dani(9, S. Tex Coast)

We NEED a nekkid turtle dance here! NOW! I went to town yesterday, and not five miles out of town, there had been a real good rain; not a drop for us. I always wonder what in particular I have done.....

My DH and I have participated in dances of one nature or another over the years. He is a willing participant, and I know he could draw the best turtle, facing west, of course. We do have a frying pan turtle that he made from a frying pan a few years ago. I wonder if we faced it WEST, and whirled around it.....would that work?

Also, I would need someone to catch me when I stop whirling. I think it is a blood pressure thing.....

I can provide proof of our participating in other ceremonies, if needed.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2011 at 10:04AM
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soxxxx

little dani

Were the other ceremonies successful?

Tell us more .

    Bookmark   July 21, 2011 at 6:04PM
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pjtexgirl(7b DFW)

We need to find out what Roselee did! Anyone have a funny red hat?

    Bookmark   July 21, 2011 at 6:39PM
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soxxxx

It rained just enough to wash my turtle away that I had drawn on my driveway with chalk. He was so cute and he generated lots of fun.

I am going to draw one with real paint and call him yard art.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2011 at 3:50PM
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Momof6(8a La.)

Janie, I do not remember the occasion but do remember your DH dancing (garden junk web)
with out his shirt and he had a hat on...what was the occasion....momof6 (Mary)

    Bookmark   July 29, 2011 at 12:06AM
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soxxxx

I had a stump ground up yesterday. The machine ground down about 2 1/2 feet into dry dirt. Not a sign of moisture and the temperature is 111 o.

Everyone in Texas draw a turtle and get to dancing!

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 6:37PM
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soxxxx

I had a stump ground up yesterday. The machine ground down about 2 1/2 feet into dry dirt. Not a sign of moisture and the temperature is 111 o.

Everyone in Texas draw a turtle and get to dancing!

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 6:39PM
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soxxxx

Sorry for the double post. The forum said it was refusing the 1st one.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 6:50PM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

Maybe it needed to be said twice, soxx............

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 10:18PM
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linda_tx8(8)
    Bookmark   August 24, 2011 at 12:31AM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

They have my support..............I hope it works.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2011 at 9:17AM
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melvalena

I plan to wash my car over the weekend. Perhaps that will help?

    Bookmark   August 24, 2011 at 9:47AM
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soxxxx

Yeah! My favorite post is active again.

I am painting the permanent turtle facing west on my sidewalk instead of my driveway because there is a hole there to punch in the necessary stick. Those rose bushes must go.

"if there is too much rain participants must dance
counterclockwise"

For me it is easier to twirl clockwice than counterclockwise (maybe not for lefties)

    Bookmark   August 24, 2011 at 1:33PM
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