Pow Wow

Tonight I went to an American Indian pow wow. There were over 15 nations represented by the dances, poetry, & music (drum and flute). Below is a video that will only appear black. That is because I left the lens cap on (yes, on purpose!) So push play. close your eyes, and just listen to the drums, which are thought to be the heartbeat of Mother Earth coming to the dancers.
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The dress of the dancer is very symbolic and means different things to dancers of different cultures. The dress usually takes years to make. It usually stands for family, tribe, or something that came to the dancer in a dream. The dresses are never referred to as costumes. The one pictured below is made of eagle feathers, which were reserved only for warriors.

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