Indian Pow Wow

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An Intertribal Indian Pow Wow – sounds interesting doesn’t it?

After reading about it in the newspaper, Lisa and I decided to grab our cameras and head out!

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First of all — what in the world IS a Pow wow????

Pow wows celebrate Native American culture and many different tribes will be represented in lots of different dances.

Each tribe was stationed around a huge circle. The dancing was in the middle.

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The only problem with that circle, is that it blocked out the public, so picture taking was hard!

All these photos were taken from about 50 feet away with my long lens while looking in between people and shade covers! (That does make for some interesting bokeh though!)

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The music is simple.

There’s a group of tribal elders sitting around a 4 foot drum. Each one is chanting and drumming. (Amazing and wonderful!)

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Little pieces of some sort of dried herb were tossed on the drum to bounce around….sorry I can’t tell you the symbolism of that!

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The costumes were AMAZING!!! But, I have to admit I was really drawn to the little kids…

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They were out on the competition field in sweet little costumes, dancing just like the adults!

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When we needed some refreshment, the obvious choice was Indian tacos and fry bread: YUM!

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“You have noticed that everything as Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round….. The Sky is round, the wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours….” Black Elk Oglala Sioux Holy Man, 1850

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