The Smoke Dance is originally a war dance, which is danced by men only. The Smoke Dance is a recent creation. While not considered a Earth Song (Social Song), is has recently gained popularity because of Smoke Dance Contests. Over the past few decades while putting on "Shows" or exhibitions of Iroquoian Singing and Dancing, some singers sped up the tempo of the old "War Dance "songs to see if the dancers could keep up. The result is the 'Smoke Dance. During Smoke Dance Contests, both the new faster and older slower "War Dance" songs are sung for the men's contests while the women dance to faster songs only.
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