Pow wows are always an inspiring experience. Joining the gathering of nations to listen and move to the drums and chants rejuvenates and feeds my soul. For me, this spiritual practice is a celebration of tradition and perseverance in the face of enforced cultural extinction.
Many of these were taken during the Grand Entry of all nations (when Anglos are allowed in the arena, so I danced the first 4-5 dances with different singers and drummers). Each tribe “dances” in a way that makes their regalia move in a certain way that shows off the attributes. The Jingle Dancers (shown here) have a little hop step that makes them hit each other and make a beautiful tinkling. The Jingles are made of (or used to be) the tops of snuff cans, twisted into cones. The fancy dancers have long streamers that spin around with their fast twirling. Some women carry shawls with fringe and move in a quiet grace that makes the fringe sway rhythmically. If one pays attention, there is much below the surface to be taken in.
More photos are featured on my Facebook page, of the Aztec dancers featured at the closing ceremony. Fantastic!
This beautiful April afternoon in Malibu was the scene of color, joy and community. My heart was healed by the drumming, dance and welcoming atmosphere. I share these images to honor and celebrate this vibrant nation of many traditions and tribes. Here’s a link to www.powwows.com to find a powwow near you. It’s worth the trip!
“We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.” Dakota
Check out my Facebook page, of the Aztec dancers featured at the closing ceremony. Blessings!