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Some Great Pow Wow Pics From 2016!

“It is a sad fact that pow wow season has come and gone, but the memories and celebratory feelings experienced over 2016 are sure to last a lifetime. As we make our way into the holiday season, we won’t have to leave our memories too far behind because of some beautiful images here.” V. Schilling, ICTMN

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Excerpt: Miss Pow Wow Season? Snack on These Tasty Pics– By Vincent Schilling,ICTMN

“The first set of images are from the Richmond American Indian Pow Wow, which was held on November 11 – 13, 2016 at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA. According to event organizer Barry Richardson (Haliwa Saponi,) the pow wow has been running strong for 35 years.

The second set of images are from the Native American Heritage Month Celebration held in Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach. The event was in its seventh year in 2016 and hosted Native dancers from West Virginia, Virginia, New York and North Carolina.”

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Great Images from additional Pow Wows at various locations:

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The Beauty of the Nottoway Tribe of VA Pow Wow

“2016 marked the ninth annual pow wow for the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia in Surry County Virginia. The tribe first received state recognition in the Commonwealth of Virginia on February 26, 2010. Over the weekend, dancers and vendors and appreciative onlookers came to Surry County in beautiful weather to enjoy the celebration and dance.” V. Schilling, ICTMN

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Excerpt: Great Images of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of VA Pow Wow By Vincent Schilling, ICTMN

“In addition to the festivities, the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia Pow Wow also performed a drum song and honor dance in solidarity with the water protectors in North Dakota.

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According to Chief Allston, we have pipelines coming through our area that are just as disruptive. So we need to be careful and take care of our earth – that is our charge as Native people – to protect the environment.”

“We as Native nations need to come together because it is not just the water of our Lakota brothers and sisters, it is the water around the world.” ~ Chief  Lynette Allston~ Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia

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The ‘Unspoken’ PowWow Rules…

“At every pow wow there is a list of unwritten rules that just about everyone in attendance – of any age – knows that you dare not break. We are not talking about pow wow etiquette, which is important; we are talking about the rules of which we usually don’t speak. In fact, these rules are so seldom discussed, they are passed down, generation to generation, by intuition.” V. Schilling ICTMNPow Wow image

Excerpt: …8 Funny Unwritten Pow Wow Rules, By Vincent Schilling, ICTMN

Don’t Sit in That Elder’s Chair!

The Chair. Photo- ICMN

The Chair. Photo- ICMN

“You know you are not supposed to sit there. And don’t pretend you don’t know which chair we are talking about. It’s the super-deluxe, monogrammed elder’s folding chair with umbrella clamp, drink holder and mesh basket underneath the seat for holding specialty items.   

If you did sit in that chair? Well, let’s just say that elder is old-school, and you may not be sitting down again anytime soon.

Don’t Talk To That One Vendor Before He/She’s Had Their Coffeepow wow

This doesn’t need much explanation. You know the one we are talking about – you arrive late on Friday, camp until the morning, when everyone starts setting up. Steer clear of this vendor until coffee has been consumed … because … well let’s just say some ‘grumpy vendors’ have been known to throw things.

Parents of ‘Energetic Kids’ Are Permitted to Influence their Kids to Dance, ‘One More Time!’

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Are we there yet? Are we there yet?

We all know those native pow wow kids who always have an abundance of energy. They can only do so many craft projects that are supposed to keep them from asking “Are we home yet?” for the 76th time. So, dear parents of these “highly motivated kids,” you are permitted to give them a few gentle nudges to dance “One more time!” There is a lot of parental bliss in a quiet car filled with sleeping children after a busy, busy pow wow day.

The Weather Will Be in Opposition to the Regalia You Wear

It is a supreme rule of all our ancestors – who laugh like coyotes watching us from the other side – that the weather will be the exact opposite of what we need, based on our wardrobe that day. Wearing three layers of buckskin? It is going to be a humid 99 degrees that day. Going with a thin ribbon shirt or wearing a simple loincloth? Break out the sled: It is going to snow.”

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The Julyamsh Horse PowWow is Back!

“Julyamsh, one of the nation’s largest outdoor pow wows and the largest one in the Pacific Northwest, is returning after location problems caused a cancellation last year. That’s excellent news for the hundreds of dancers and numerous drum groups who have enjoyed Julyamsh in the past… Julyamsh has always been noted for horse parades, with riders in full regalia in recognition of the importance of horses to the tribe.” J.  Mckneel, ICTMN

Proud Julyamsh Horse and rider.

Proud Julyamsh Horse and rider.

 

“The dates are July 22-24, and the location will be the Kootenai County Fairgrounds on the northern edge of the city of Coeur d’Alene. In many ways, this location is better than the Greyhound Park where it was previously held.

Julyamsh Horse Parade

Julyamsh Horse Parade

It’s like having it in our traditional homeland, said tribal member Quanah Matheson in a tribal news release. The City of Coeur d’Alene was the ‘yap keen’um’, meaning ‘our gathering place,’ when all Coeur d’Alene people came together. The new location includes 83 acres of camping area, a large arena, staging areas and plenty of facilities for horses.

A Photographic Tour of the Horse Parade at the Julyamsh Pow Wow. ICTMN

A Photographic Tour of the Horse Parade at the Julyamsh Pow Wow. ICTMN

Julyamsh was cancelled in 2015 due to a conflict with management at Greyhound Park…Because the tribe was not happy with the decisions made by Greyhound Park officials, they decided to change the location.

Horse Parade at the Julyamsh Pow-Wow

Horse Parade at the Julyamsh Pow-Wow

Tribal Chairman Chief Allan noted that not only was the new location ideal, but we’re thankful for the staff and leadership at the fairgrounds who have made us feel welcome. We look forward to the partnership.”

Plan to visit Julyamsh this summer: July 22-24 2016

It promises to be a winner. For more information visit the website:

NOTE the dates and plan to visit Julyamsh this summer. It promises to be a winner. For more information visit the website

 

 See Related: Julyamsh Pow Wow Canceled Over Horse Racing Machines

The Horse. Here is nobility without conceit, Friendship without envy, Beauty without vanity. ~Anonymous~

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The Beauty of Pow Wow Regalia…And How To Create Your Own!

“These elaborate Native American outfits are very unique to each dancer, but they also speak of familial ties – as dancers move to the rhythmic beat of the drum, they tell of their tribal affiliation and ancestry, reveal their individual personality, family heritage, and spiritual quests.” Tracey, Prairie Edge

Fancy Pow Wow dancer Fabian Fontenelle. Photo- national geographic

Fancy Pow Wow dancer Fabian Fontenelle. Photo- national geographic

Excerpt: History and Tradition Mixed with Personal Style By Tracey, Prairie Edge

“Embodying the spirit and soul of the culture, the dancers at Pow Wow are vibrant reflections of tribal history mixed with personal style.
The regalia worn during Pow Wow is a cherished garment – it is often made or commissioned by those special to the dancer.

Verna Street Fancy Shawl Spotlight Dance - Mountain Eagle Pow Wow. Photo Marty Thompson Rezboyz Photography.

Verna Street Fancy Shawl Spotlight Dance – Mountain Eagle Pow Wow. Photo Marty Thompson Rezboyz Photography.

While beautiful and rewarding once it’s done, making regalia is also a time intensive process and is often made to be with the dancer for many years. These outfits will evolve and change over a lifetime – enhanced with a new scarf, roach or even face paint, further embellished with beads, feathers, shells, or fringe, or (due to the intense dancing and wear) repaired and made new.” 

Making Regalia with Juaquin Lonelodge 

Juaquin Lonelodge

Juaquin Lonelodge

“From the Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho Nation, here in Oklahoma, I Juaquin Lonelodge, am proud to bring you,  Making Regalia It is a show, which I believe, is the first ever in Native American Culture to showcase step-by-step instructional videos in making Native Attire. With the help of CATV47, I plan to continue showcasing Native Art from the Traditional to the Contemporary.   H’aho! (Thank you)” Juaquin Lonelodge

You Tube “Making Regalia” Videos

Moccasin Alterations

Special guest host, Verna Street demonstrates how to make alterations on a moccasin for a growing child. Published on Jan 29, 2016

Moccasin Alteration with guest Verna Street

Moccasin Alteration with guest Verna Street Fancy Shawl Dancer.

Decorative Carry Bag

Juaquin gives step by step instructions on how to make a simple, decorative carry bag. Episode includes some basic sewing tips.

Decorative Bag.

Decorative Bag.

Fancy Dance Regalia, drawing by Kathryn Darnell (from pg. 55, Marsha MacDowell, ed. Contemporary Great Lakes Pow Wow Regalia

Fancy Dance Regalia, drawing by Kathryn Darnell (from pg. 55, Marsha MacDowell, ed. Contemporary Great Lakes Pow Wow Regalia

 

Making Regalia Roach Spinners

Juaquin Lonelodge is back with a brand new edition of Making Regalia. On this latest episode they have recurring guest Red Sky Whapeppah in the studio to help construct a roach spinner.

Making Roach Spinners See diagram

Making Roach Spinners See diagram

Bustle construction

Juaquin Lonelodge and his special guest, Dwight Whitebuffalo discuss and demonstrate bustle construction.

Guest Dwight Whitebuffalo demonstrates bustle construction.

Guest Dwight Whitebuffalo demonstrates bustle construction.

“To many people their outfits are a part of them. Some people dreamed of their outfits and they hold special meaning. A lot of people I know, their outfits have been handed down to them from their grandfather or grandmother. These aren’t just something we throw together.”  ~Bedahbin Webkamigad~

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The Importance of Knowing Pow-Wow Etiquette

O’siyo.Spring is here (almost) and for many Natives this means Pow Wow time! We thought this flyer from North Carolina State University was a very good idea. It explains to non-Natives the terminology pertaining to Pow-Wows, tips for being comfortable during the celebration, and most importantly what is acceptable (and unacceptable) behavior at these very special Native celebrations.

Dancers in the 98th Annual Shiprock Navajo Fair in Shiprock, N.M.

Dancers in the 98th Annual Shiprock Navajo Fair in Shiprock, N.M.

Excerpt:

VOCABULARY & TITLES

Pow-Wow Arena. Photo-- Crystallinks.

Pow-Wow Arena. Photo– Crystallinks.

Arena – dance circle, this area is blessed before the dance and must remain pure throughout the Ceremony.There is a single entrance to the arena facing East, you should not enter the arena unless invited,and this is the only entrance that should be used to enter. This invisible boundary should not be broken at anytime by any one.

Regalia – attire worn by dancers – NOT a costume. The development of a dancer’s regalia is a very personal process. Often items have taken years to create or may be gifts and have deep meaning.

Larry Yazzie, dressed in regalia is the arena  director at the University of Iowa  Pow-Wow.ICTNM

Larry Yazzie, dressed in regalia is the arena director at the University of Iowa Pow-Wow.ICTNM

Navajo dancer Dianna Black  dressed in her beautiful regalia.

Navajo dancer Dianna Black dressed in her beautiful regalia.

Regalia for Little Dancers.  LA Times.

Regalia for Little Dancers. LA Times.

Master of Ceremonies – (MC) officiates over Ceremony proceedings. Guide to the events – pay attention to his announcements.

Master of Ceremonies Randy Edmonds.

Master of Ceremonies Randy Edmonds.

The Drum – the heartbeat of Mother Earth. The drum acts as an agent to bring harmony and balance to participants and to spectators. The drum acts as an intercessor to the spiritual realm.

A Beautiful Ceremonial Drum.

A Beautiful Ceremonial Drum.

Head Man Dancer – lead dancer, he will begin and guide the other dancers through the dance.

Head Woman Dancer – lead dancer, she will begin and guide the other dancers through the dance.

Head Man Dancer Chuck Cadotte with Head Woman Dancer Tina Morales. Photo- California Education.

Head Man Dancer Chuck Cadotte with Head Woman Dancer Tina Morales. Photo- California Education.

 Intertribal Dance – social dance; open to visitors to come join the dancers in celebration.

GENERAL ADVICE

Bring your own seating chairs and benches around the arena is reserved for dancers, seats with blankest or other personal items are taken.

Items left at seats are not to be touched this is a gathering of family there should be no need to guard belongings from each other.

Dress appropriately. Halter tops and short shorts are not appropriate for this celebration.

Pictures may be taken with the permission of the dancers, but not durin dedication dances (Veterans Songs, Flag Songs, or Prayers). These special songs will be announced by the MC.

 NO drugs or alcohol permitted at any time for any reason.

Supervise your children so that all may enjoy the event without distraction.

Animals should not be brought to the event.

Do not litter

RESPECT

Do not touch a dancer’s regalia. These items are made with great care and are often gifts to the dancers from friends and family. They have deep significance and should be respected.

If something falls, leave it. Inform the individual that they have dropped something, and they will go through the proper procedures to retrieve it.

If invited to dance, please do. It is disrespectful to decline, do not worry about not knowing how the person who invited you will teach you.

Listen to the MC, he will let you know when you need to stand and when you may sit after honor songs. He will also announce intertribal dances and other invitations for our guests to participate.

“Pow-Wows are a gathering, a community celebration, a time for nations to come together to share songs and dances, a chance to celebrate your gifts, your heritage, your language, your culture with other Native people…Powwows aren’t part of every Nations’ tradition – in fact, there are hundreds of distinct songs and dances that are very different from powwow styles.” ~ The Great Lakes Powwows~

There are many Pow-Wows throughout the year, and all are beautiful and exciting to behold. Enjoy, learn, and respect.

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