Double Hawks Getting Ready to Dance is about the excitement and fun the People have preparing for a social dance. People think about the coming dance for months, then weeks, then days. As the time gets closer, food gets prepared, songs are practiced, repairs on moccasins are made, and new outfits are readied, rattles are tested, and the water drum is re-stretched. Everyone wants to be together and DANCE!
The People love the feeling of being together dancing on the wooden floor of the Longhouse. Everyone loves hearing their favorite songs, the old songs and the new songs. Various groups of singers travel long distances to take their turn. There is tons of food for everyone. The People laugh and make jokes. Everywhere chatting and catching up conversations happen inside and outside the Longhouse. There are lots and lots of smiles. The entire world feels good.
Water drum and rattle info at http://www.onondaganation.org/culture/song.html.