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#689581 - 05/23/11 02:01 PM New Article - My First Pow-Wow
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Over 3 years ago, my very first post on the forum was about this memorable night. It's a story I've shared numerous times and with each recount, it is sustained in my heart.

Every Pow-Wow and Gathering has special moments for those who attend. Please share some of your funny, strange, and touching moments with us.

My First Pow-Wow


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#689584 - 05/23/11 02:26 PM Re: New Article - My First Pow-Wow [Re: Jane - Native American]
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Here's one to get us started.

Before we got our camper we would attend the Pow-Wow on Friday evening and then return for a full day on Saturday. We weren't there at 2am to be awakened by the screams. One of the traders, a big, burly guy, made a late night visit to the bathhouse. Half asleep, he didn't notice the bright green tree frog on the plumbing fixture. However, the little frog certainly took note of him and an interesting new perch to jump to.

Being "attacked" by a frog in the middle of the night is not a quiet event and the entire camp was jolted from their dreams. When we arrived the next day, "Wanted" flyers were already posted. They included a photo to assist in identifying the assailant and offered a reward.



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#689610 - 05/23/11 03:57 PM Re: New Article - My First Pow-Wow [Re: Jane - Native American]
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Jane, such a wonderful article about your first Pow-Wow. Thank you so much for sharing that experience. Your little girl must have been so mesmerized.

That is such a funny story about the frog! I almost fell off my chair laughing so hard. That poor man must have been so frightened. Thanks for starting my day with a good laugh, Jane.

My first Pow-Wow was the one I will never forget. I was working at a college up in Skagit County, Washington. The Pacific Northwest Indian populations are comprised of so many different tribes and their arts, totem poles, regalia are striking with bold colors and impressive creativity.

I had volunteered to help wherever I was needed. I was put in charge of directing the incoming vendors where to park their vehicles. It seemed like I was out there forever directing the new comers -- but, I met some lovely people who all encouraged me to come by their booths for samples of the foods.

When it was time for the ceremonies to start in the huge gymnasium, the Pow-Wow organizer (a good friend of mine) came out and took me inside. She was a member of the Swinomish tribe, tall, noble, and beautiful. Her regalia and long black hair adorned with feathers and beads so impressed me -- I had never before seen her in her tribal manner of dress. She took me to a seat where I could see everything that would happen.

When the moment the Grand Entry began until the first break, I was mesmerized and felt like I was in another time and place. The voices of the drums spoke to me and to this day my heart still beats in tune with them.

When it was time for all the dancers and the drum to take a break, I just sat there. My friend came over with a smile on her face and said, "You can move now."

I had no idea the Pow-Wow would be that powerful and impressive. It left a lasting impression of beauty on me and a deep sense of pride for our tribes of the PNW.

I suddenly realized I had not eaten all day and went out to find some fry bread and pinto beans to enjoy.


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#689868 - 05/24/11 01:20 AM Re: New Article - My First Pow-Wow [Re: Phyllis Doyle Burns]
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"You can move now" I can certainly relate to that.

It had been cloudy all day, dark, heavy clouds. It was so humid you could almost "drink" the air. Sunset went unseen as Grand Entry began. With all the dancers around the Circle, an Elder made his way slowly to the drum arbor for the opening prayer. He was handed the microphone and stated he would be praying in Cherokee. As he began to speak, the clouds parted and he was encompassed with the light of a full moon.

Standing beside me, my husband was quite unsuccessful in his attempt to whisper, and everyone around us heard "Did you SEE THAT!"


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#689870 - 05/24/11 01:24 AM Re: New Article - My First Pow-Wow [Re: Jane - Native American]
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How impressive that was, with the opening prayer. Creator certainly was listening to your Elder.

Your husband was pretty impressed to I gather. I can so imagine that moment in my mind.
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#689878 - 05/24/11 02:14 AM Re: New Article - My First Pow-Wow [Re: Phyllis Doyle Burns]
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I love it! Just wonderful! Such a great story!

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#690224 - 05/25/11 03:24 AM Re: New Article - My First Pow-Wow [Re: ....]
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Powwows.com has some great video clips from this year's Gathering of Nations.

The Aztec Dancers are a special treat. Many years ago we were able to attend one afternoon of the Mohegan Corn Festival in Uncasville, CT. We certainly picked the best time to arrive and were privileged to watch a group of Aztec Dancers in the Circle. The dancers are accompanied by both drum and flute, so turn up the speakers.

If you have any idea how they got their regalia to the Gathering, please clue me in. Some of the headdresses wouldn't fit in my car and I can't image walking up to the counter at the airport to have them checked as baggage!

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#690226 - 05/25/11 03:33 AM Re: New Article - My First Pow-Wow [Re: Jane - Native American]
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Here's a clip of the Grass Dancers. Watch the footwork. If this was in a field, the grass would be tamped down and ready for the other dancers quite quickly.

These guys have stamina. The regalia with thick yarn is very heavy.

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#690229 - 05/25/11 03:43 AM Re: New Article - My First Pow-Wow [Re: Jane - Native American]
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And now for the Ladies, a clip of the Jingle Dress. Each one of those cones is placed precisely for maximum sound and motion. I wish they had a microphone in their midst. It would probably have sounded like a million wind chimes.

Jingle Dress - Powwows.com

This is one of numerous dance video clips you can enjoy on Powwows.com.


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#690302 - 05/25/11 01:56 PM Re: New Article - My First Pow-Wow [Re: Jane - Native American]
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love the frog and the trader story..:)) I have been attending pow-wows for some time..but this is the first yr I ''participated.'' My 2 daughters and I were asked to do basket-making demo over the weekend, along with the wonderful lady who has been teaching us this past yr. We had a great weekend..and also, our booth was set up facing the dancers,, so we had a great view of all the activities.

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