March 2004

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PowWow: Get Up and Dance!

by Vikki McConnaughhay
 

Denver Powwow Grand Entry

Denver March Powwow grand entry event. (Publicity photo.)

For tribal people descended from the natives of the American continents, powwows are times to gather together, to see brothers and sisters of the tribe, to meet with friends old and new, and to learn the true culture. People chat for hours, smile, laugh and dance. There are powwows in many places throughout the year, and unlike certain ceremonies, which may be private occasions limited to tribal participation, everyone who cares to visit is welcome at a powwow. The March powwow in Denver is huge, filling the Denver Coliseum.

Typically, there is a lot of drumming and dancing, and kids are encouraged to watch, dance and learn from others. There also are usually booths and vendors. Sometimes there are dance contests, honors bestowed and a princess selected. Powwows are a lot of fun. The drumming is loud and beautiful and the spirit is festive and happy. It’s like one big family.

Many of the people attending powwows wear outfits traditional to their tribe or area. If they will be dancing, they often wear specific clothing and regalia appropriate for the dances they will be performing. Some of the dances and the outfits that go with them are:

Men's Traditional Powwow Dance

Men’s traditional dance. Photo courtesy of Thinkquest.

Traditional Dance: Men and women dress all in leather, in clothing that may or may not include beadwork. They dance to the beat slowly. They carry traditional things such as feather fans and leather bags, and men sometimes wear a set of feather bustles on their backs.

Fancy Dance: Men dance this dance, sometimes adding a second set of feather bustles on their shoulders. They dance wildly and soar through the air.

Grass Dance: This dance is performed by men wearing belts of thick shaggy strings hanging around their outfits. They also wear headbands of various colors that hang down in their faces as if they were hiding their faces.

Jingle Dance: Women perform this dance, wearing dresses dripping with small cones made of tin that jingle as they dance. They carry feather fans and wear bags on their hips.

Women's Fancy Shawl Dance

Fancy shawl dance. Photo courtesy of Thinkquest.

Fancy Shawl Dance: This dance is done by women in shiny beaded dresses wearing fancy shawls over their shoulders, like wings. The shawls, decorated with pictures or designs, fly out as the dancers spin.

Tiny Toons: Young kids select their own kind of dances, as they wish.

Here is a list of powwows coming up this month. Everyone is welcome. Visit one if you have a chance, and have some fun!

March 2004

5-7: Second Annual Golden Eagles Intertribal Society Benefit Powwow, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. For information, e-mail: Joseph.Bohanon@usm.edu.

5-7: Middle Tennessee State University 5th American Indian Festival, Tennessee Livestock Center, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. All dancers welcome. All drummers welcome. Vendors by invitation only. For information, visit: http://www.mtsu.edu/~powwow/.

6-7: Madison School District Powwow, 1431 E. Campbell Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona. For information, e-mail: cabinstallsllc@aol.com.

12-14: North Central Native American Council Powwow, Old Town Campgrounds, Old Town, Florida. For information, call: (352) 542-8317.

12-14: Apache Gold Casino Powwow. San Carlos, Arizona. For information, visit: http://apachegoldcasinoresort.com/pow-wow.htm.

13: 12th Annual Mid-Winter Red Creek Festival, Kline Center Gym, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Vendors by invitation. For information, call: (717) 677-8026.

13-14: CSU Long Beach Powwow, Long Beach, California. For information, visit: http://www.csulb.edu/aux/alumni/chapters/
americanindian/
.

19-21: Calling of the Tribes Powwow, Grand Bois Park, Bourg, Louisiana. For information, call: (985) 879-2373.

20-21: 30th Annual Denver March Powwow, Denver, Colorado. For information, visit: http://www.denvermarchpowwow.org/.

26-27: University of Arizona Wildcat Powwow, Beardown Field, Tucson, Arizona. For information, call: (520) 621-3835, vendors call: Becky (520) 207-0841.

26-27: Flagstaff High School Native American Club Powwow, 400 W. Elm Avenue, Flagstaff, Arizona. For information, e-mail: jcurley17@hotmail.com or jcbjames@flagstaff.apscc.k12.az.us.

26-28: Indio Springs Powwow, 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio, California. For information, visit: http://www.cabazonindians-nsn.gov/cgi-bin/ducs/display/o__content_cms/a__display/i__38.

26-28: 39th Annual Florida Indian Hobbyist Association Powwow, Savannah Recreational Area, Ft. Pierce, Florida. Vendors by invitation only. For information, visit: http://www.fiha.org/.

27-28: 16th Annual Natchez Powwow. Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Natchez, Mississippi. For information, visit: http://groups.msn.com/NatchezPowwow/home.htm.

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