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VII.—An Indian dance in Virginia.

As for their dancing, the sport seems unto them, and the use, almost as frequent and necessary as their meat and drink, in which they consume much time, and for which they appoint many and often meetings, and have therefore, as it were, set orgies1 or festivals for the same pastime, as have yet at this day the merry Greeks.

Indian dance.

. . . At our colony's first sitting down amongst them, when any of our people repaired2 to their towns, the Indians would not think they had expressed their welcome sufficiently enough, until they had showed them a dance, the manner of which is thus. One of them standeth by, with some fur or leather thing in his left hand, upon which he beats with his right hand, and sings withal, as if he began the choir, and kept unto the rest their just time; when upon a certain stroke or more, —as upon his cue or time to come in,—one riseth up,

1 Regular entertainments.

2 Went.

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