- to perform a snake dance.
Origin of snake-dance
First recorded in 1880–85
- a ceremonial dance of the American Indian in which snakes or representations of snakes are handled or imitated by the dancers.
- a parade or procession, especially in celebration of a sports victory, in which the participants weave in single file in a serpentine course.
Origin of snake dance
An Americanism dating back to 1765–75
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Examples from the Web for snake-dance
Remember the sacred bull of Egypt and the snake-dance of the Hopi.The Tyranny of the Dark
The snake-dance itself took place in the afternoon at five o'clock.
Among those at the snake-dance was a Franciscan priest, who has done much good work on the Navajo reservation.
He said sneeringly that Maskelyne and Cooke in music had come to life, and suggested a snake-dance.
There was, when last presented, no special dress adopted for the snake-dance, and the horn rattle is used also in other dances.Contribution to Passamaquoddy Folk-Lore
J. Walter Fewkes
- a ceremonial dance, performed by the priests of the American Hopi Indians, in which live snakes are held in the mouth
- the swaying movements of snakes responding to a snake charmer
- a Hindu dance in which performers imitate such snake movements