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~

Category: Pow Wows