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Old 01-30-2019, 03:50 PM   #1
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Change is inevitable

"Change is inevitable. You can't stop the clock."

I brought my dad to live with me. I want to tap into the knowledge that has taken a lifetime for him to learn. So we have daily conversations about culture, powwows, the past vs. the future.

He is a product of the Indian boarding schools, raised among Natives of many tribes and moved to an urban area to start a family. He is knowledgeable about both inter-tribal and tribal specific powwows and is credited with introducing powwows to the American Southwest. He is kind, patient and has earned respect from many.

I grew up in the city. I have attended powwows all my life. I am college educated and have traveled to approximately 40 countries and 49 states sharing culture in performances, lectures and powwows. I now work as a cultural specialist and network with Native entities and individuals across Indian Country.

We often talk about change to powwows. I am of the belief powwows constantly change away from the nucleus, never to return. Change is inevitable if it is to survive.

Dad continues to practice the protocols and thinking of his generation. Like many Native elders, he does not like a lot of the changes to powwows that he grew up with. And it bothers him.

We are lucky that we have traveled together to most of the big powwows coast-to-coast in the United States and some in Canada. We have made many extended family members from many tribes. We talk to them about how powwow used to be compared to the present.

As powwow branches farther away from where it began, it will continue to change and be re-interpreted. Each generation will bring new changes. I have already seen it in my lifetime. Some of it is good. Some is questionable.

But the one constant is, "Powwows will continue to change. It is inevitable."
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Old 06-27-2019, 10:01 AM   #2
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It is true change is inevitable but Pow Wows will continue renewing Native American culture and preserving the rich heritage of American Indians.




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Old 07-25-2019, 04:18 PM   #3
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I listened to some wax recordings of Nez Perce NDN powwows I have on from the early 1900's. Powwows of today are not the same as powwows from that time frame. It's all about money now. In the old days, it was about telling of war stories and keeping the culture. Now, it's cash and who can win big bucks. I see it as the changing of times, money rules the world.

Even the outfits have changed. I seen photos of NDNS of old dancing with small bustles and nowadays there these bustles are these extravagant, at times ridiculously large abominations.
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I have read that the Shawnee dress less fancy than other nations. Is this true?
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