A Pow Wow is a social gathering held by many different American Indian communities.
Pow Wows are an opportunity for American Indians to meet and dance, sing, socialize, and honor their cultures. Generally, there are dancing competitions with many different types of traditional dances, music and regalia. In addition, there are usually food, arts & crafts, and informational booths for attendees to enjoy as well.
On average, a Pow Wow lasts 1 – 2 days. However, they can range from a few hours to a week at the most.
A Pow Wow begins with the Grand Entry, individuals will enter the arena in a specific order while the crowd is asked to stand. First, the flags are carried in by veterans and usually include the U.S. Flag, Tribal Flags, the POW Flag, and Eagle Staffs of various Native Nations present. Following the veterans, are other important individuals including Tribal Chiefs, Princesses, Elders, and Pow Wow organizers. Next in line are the dancers with men first and women following.
Yes, of course! Pow Wow’s are about family and community so children of all ages are welcome.
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