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Old 02-16-2009, 02:26 PM   #17
jlittlecrow
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1) People running powwows who don't have a clue. Running a powwow is HARD WORK, you might get dirty or break a nail! If you're a slacker, don't be on a powwow committee! The woman in charge of vendors last weekend showed up late, didn't have vendor spaces / measurements laid out, didn't didn't know fire codes, got an attitude after giving our space to someone while we were unloading. Just because your daughter can dance doesn't mean you know how to run a powwow.

2) Contest powwows that are nothing but contests after Grand Entry. If you don't want to contest, you might as well go get undressed after Round Dance, cuz sometimes there aren't any more intertribals the rest of the night.

3) BIG PET PEEVE! Indians who expect to be paid every time they pick up a drumstick or put on a moccasin! It's not all about the money, people! What happened to dancing for the pride of being Indian, dancing for those who can't dance anymore, dancing for the ancestors? I miss traditional powwows.

4) Lack of respect for elders. Most powwows don't take food to elders anymore. That was a duty of princesses in past years. I used to take a trash sack around so that elders could dispose of their dishes too. Don't make it hard on elders to attend dances!
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