Chancey (Johnny John) is a true artist. Although not asocial, he is more interested in his art and himself than in what others think of him, except that his singing remain indispensable to the longhouse people. Rather than thrust himself forward, he patiently waits to be coaxed, and sometimes goes home in a peeve when slighted. But actively engaged in ceremonies, he is sincerely emotional and deeply moved by his own singing and its symbolism within the ritual. More than once I have seen tears course down his cheeks as singing Great Feather Dance or the Dream Song reminded him possibly that his father had sung this many years ago at Midwinter Festivals.
Songs From the Iroquois Longhouse