Fun at the PowWow

Thunder in the Mountain Pow Wow was held July 16 & 17 at Big Indian, NY. It's one of my favorite places to help out. This year I was on the raffle ticket and bottled water sale table.

We can always use help at a PowWow. Think about volunteering. No pay, bring your own food, free water. The water was greatly appreciated as it was hot and humid both days. My favorite part of the PowWow is participating in the Grand Entry, posting of the colors, and honoring veterans. If you've never been to PowWow or you arrived too late to participate, mark your calendar for the next time to arrive at noon. Veterans, EMTs, Emergency Responders, relatives of veterans . . .all are acknowledged during the grand entry. The audience is strongly encouraged to participate in or out of uniform, by coming into the circle/arena. Just follow what the leaders do. You can't make a mistake. Bystanders be advised, NO PHOTOS during the grand entry. It would be like taking photos in church/synagogue during a funeral service. During the Grand Entry we are recognizing the departed, those who have "dropped their robes" and have gone on to the Creator. At our PowWow, we line up at the East Gate (the only way to enter the circle; don't climb over the rope barrier), and get smudged in order: Flag Bearers, Veterans, Lead Dancers, women in regalia, and visitors. Men generally precede women into the circle. Women line up according to age and/or regalia. Street clothes at the end of the line. I like it when Grandmother Henny comes into the circle. She's older than me and has to go first in line! It's a standing joke of "age before beauty" between us. Hope to see you at a PowWow sometime. Check out the PowWow calendar of events to see where the next one is happening.

This is a painting I did of my friend Donna at a powwow in skins (leather), with her feather fan and shawl. She is the lead singer of Spirit of Thunderheart All Women's Drum Group and a winner of a NAMA Award for best traditional CD, her first CD.

Check her out on FaceBook/Spirit of Thunderheart.

This portrait can be purchased as a fine art print 16" X 20" / $50 or 11 x 14 / $30. Contact me directly.

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