Sunday, November 7, 2010

Waccamau Indian Pow Pow

Men dancing a traditional Indian dance

This is the beginning of a parade honoring veterans. Notice the American flag on left and the POW flag on right. In the front and middle, is their own flag (which doesn't look like a traditional flag). It was announced that it was supposed to be higher than the American flag. Well, they were here first!

This cute couple were sitting behind us. They asked where we were from and told us they used to own a Campground in the Adirondacks. She looked so great with all her turquoise, and even her nails were painted turquoise.

Veterans marching in the parade.
Loving the colors here!

Another dancer and another great costume.

This is called the Shawl dance.

I liked this guy's costume. There is a whole group dancing here, but it was easier in most cases to get individual pictures.

More dancers

Even the kids get in on the dancing. Aren't they adorable!

Looks like this guy was representing the Calvary.

This poor little guy was exhausted!

Another lovely lady!

Today was such a beautiful sunny day that we decided it might be fun to go to the Indian Pow Wow taking place in a little town about 3o miles from here. We had heard about it on the local news and since Al has always been interested in American Indian history, and we had never been to one before, we thought it would be a great way to spend an afternoon.

We were not disappointed. It was very entertaining to say the least. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The music, the costumes, and the dancing, were all wonderful. Knowing that a lot of it has been passed down from generation to generation made quite an impression on us. It was nice listening to the stories that were told and watching the Indian children as they participated as well.

At every pow wow, they honor the veterans and invite them to come up and march. They have a song they sing about the different wars, and I couldn't help but notice the children were singing them and knew all the words to the song.

There were many vendors there selling everything from jewelry, to toys, to leather goods. I enjoyed looking at the turquoise jewely. After a few hours, we decided to head back. We had a very enjoyable afternoon and look forward to attending another one sometime in the future. These Pow Wows are held all over the US by various Indian tribes. It was well worth the $3 admission fee.

1 comment:

  1. Love Pow Wows. Have been to several and I always leave humbled and refreshed. Good job on the photos, they are hard to get with all that moving around.