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Posted: 1/22/2008 4:36:20 PM EST
I was invited to a pow-wow. Is there anything I should be aware of?
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 4:38:33 PM EST

Originally Posted By C-4:
I was invited to a pow-wow. Is there anything I should be aware of?


Stay out of the dance circle.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 4:40:28 PM EST
If somone offers you food, eat it.

Dont dance unless invited, unless the MC invites folks from the crowd to join in. Usualy this is only on the Honor Vet's dance and only if your a vet.

Link Posted: 1/22/2008 4:40:58 PM EST
Call in the cavalry.

Inform them of a war dance in progress.

Watch hilarity ensue.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 4:41:26 PM EST

Originally Posted By Paveway_:
Call in the cavalry.

Inform them of a war dance in progress.

Watch hilarity ensue.


Link Posted: 1/22/2008 4:41:51 PM EST
Bring money, there will be lots of stuff for sale. Just be respectful and you'll be fine, although I did go to an Apache one as a kid, and I swear they wanted to kill me, with their crazy eyes.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 4:42:36 PM EST

You should go i have been to a couple lots of fun and it is interesting.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 4:43:41 PM EST
Don't offer to trade blankets for sea shells
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 4:44:36 PM EST
Thanks for the advice so far. Keep it coming.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 4:45:34 PM EST
small cactus buds.. eat them..
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 4:45:53 PM EST
Respect the elders.
Shut up and LISTEN
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 4:45:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By C-4:
I was invited to a pow-wow. Is there anything I should be aware of?


Always be aware of suprise butsecks.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 4:47:25 PM EST

Originally Posted By brentwal:
Respect the elders.
Shut up and LISTEN


Day-um.

Let us know about that whole "peace pipe" thing...
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 4:49:00 PM EST
Bring blankets, offer to trade them.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 4:49:51 PM EST
Bring lotsa wampum - usually lotsa stuff for sale. Some of the pow-wow's I have been to are like large swap meets with some living history stuff folded in. Others are more heritage oriented - you'll be able to judge whats going on. Don't be afraid to ask questions - most everybody is ready to answer and help.

Take a genuine interest and it'll go good.

Another one I went to resembled more of a Grateful Dead backstage party than a pow-wow. Lotsa funny smelling smoke and such......
Hopefully yours will be more of a family experience.

And yes, stay out of the dance unless invited - its just that non-dancers screw it up and ruin the flow of it.

Generally they are way cool - if you catch negative vibes from someone, just move on. Never had a problem and saw some cool sights.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 4:51:06 PM EST

Originally Posted By Nameless_Hobo:
Bring blankets, offer to trade them.


Fire Water fetches a better trade.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 4:51:07 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/22/2008 4:53:14 PM EST by AMZ]
No , but I ate a whole poopoo platter once, does that count?

Bring a thunderstick!!
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 5:00:03 PM EST
After being forced to attend one every year K through 10 I don't believe I'd attend another voluntarily.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 5:02:24 PM EST
is this a large pow-wow or smaller event? being held in a school auditorium.
the big ones have a large amount of vendors selling some ok, and some real interesting items. if its a larger event go, bring cash and have fun. for a smaller event usually a donation (opagge) to gift (spck) is always appreciated.

if you ever get asked to support someone during sundance, consider it an honor.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 5:47:19 PM EST

Originally Posted By C-4:
I was invited to a pow-wow. Is there anything I should be aware of?


Bring your own TP to the Stink Lodge.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 5:50:10 PM EST
Try to get Manhattan back.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 5:52:42 PM EST

Originally Posted By jim:
is this a large pow-wow or smaller event? being held in a school auditorium.
the big ones have a large amount of vendors selling some ok, and some real interesting items. if its a larger event go, bring cash and have fun. for a smaller event usually a donation (opagge) to gift (spck) is always appreciated.

if you ever get asked to support someone during sundance, consider it an honor.


I think it will be on the small side. I'll still bring money.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 5:58:32 PM EST
Check with your host/ess and find out if photography is ok BEFORE you even bring your camera in. Lots of Native Americans don't like cameras, even if they don't hold to the old beliefs.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 5:58:32 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/22/2008 6:50:41 PM EST by FrankSymptoms]
double
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 5:58:52 PM EST
mmmm frybread!
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 5:58:57 PM EST
Yes, yes I have. It was probably the most positive experience I've had in the last few years.
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