Sunday, August 7, 2011

POW WOW

Pow Wows are the Native American people’s way of meeting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships, and making new ones.

A few days ago Cardston and the Blood Tribe held their 4th Annual Pow Wow here in town. We have heard that it is a pretty amazing event so we decided to go this year. I took a few pictures of the competitors, which as you can see, were all different ages. Every single costume was different.




This is part of the opening ceremonies. Our town mayor is in the center with the traditional head dress.



So cute.



They pick a Pow Wow Princess every year. The girl in the white was the winner for 2011. After being named Princess she and her family and friends walk around the arena where anybody can join in and walk with her. They play traditional music as you walk to the beat.



I thought this teenage girl was so pretty and poised. The bead work on this costume had to have taken hours and hours to make.




He is one of the "Chicken Dancers". Yep, they move all over the place.




These girls are "Jingle Dancers". Those little silver pieces are metal bells that jingle with a neat sound when the girls dance.


The event started a little late so we weren't able to see all of the dances and I think it would have been hard to really do justice without a video anyway, but I think you get the idea with these costume pictures.

4 comments:

USAUS said...

I loved when we got to enjoy this event there a couple of years ago... memories... glad you finally got to enjoy it too!

Kari said...

What a fun festival! Absolutely amazing traditional dress. I like the idea of a "jingle dress." Kara (11) would love to learn a dance in a dress like that!

Marilou said...

How could you not enjoy the jingle dance along with the cool beats they dance to? Did they do the hoop dance at the Pow Wow?
The costumes are pretty and bright.

Kaylynn said...

We will have to attend next year if we are in town. Looks fun!