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SingingDeer 07-13-2005 05:03 PM


Originally Posted by pinkflower
That must be nice but that sure doesn't happen here. It would be nice to hold a pow wow to raise money but that won't happen in my area. Maybe I'll check out a pow wow in your area!

I hope to see you at one :thumbsup:...

They like to support NDN Ed at several pow wows in the region.
The one in Kelso was in May and I haven't missed a year since I started going to it.

I went to one in Vancouver last March that was really nice... friendly people too.
It was the first time I'd been to that pow wow ... I felt very welcome there.... lots of intertribals and fun stuff going on.

I don't have a lot of details on the October pow wow yet.
Last I checked they hadn't posted it to their website.

I hope that the future of non-contest pow wows gets better for your area. It's sad to see people get all upset over something that is supposed to be enjoyable for everyone.

Dine_AztecaPrInCeSs 07-28-2005 05:08 PM

I go to all kinds of pow wows!
I guess you gotta get your money some way or another!

lilmarty 07-28-2005 05:59 PM

I go to powwows to dance...I prefer Traditional powwows

Dine_AztecaPrInCeSs 07-28-2005 07:30 PM

Yeah thats true! I love going to Aztec ceremonys... if you haven't been to one then you should go then you could see how aztecs relate to Native Americans...it took me forever to realize what I wanted to represent and now I know I'll just represent both!

Dine_AztecaPrInCeSs 07-28-2005 07:42 PM

Listen to this Poem and then tell me what you guys think!!!
Roses are red, Natives are brown
I will not frown in my own town

My NATIVE pride, I will not hide
My NATIVE race, I will not disgrace

My NATIVE blood , flows hot and true, my skin is red
yours is too

My NATIVE people will always stand by
through the thick and thin, till the day we die

Our NATIVE NATIONS are better than any other,
we will live forever. If we take care of eachother

NATIVE PRIDE is what I represent
NATIVE BLOOD is what I got from descent

So step aside and let me through,
cuz its all about the NATIVE CREW

Life sucks and then we die but us NATIVES WILL DIE WITH OUR HEADS HELD UP HIGH
If your NATIVE let it show...
Don't be scuurred to let it grow

kiiyaaniiasdzaa 08-26-2005 07:44 PM

Non contest powwow
I always try to go to non-contest powwows but sometimes I don't find the time. Before I started school, I always hit up every powwow. Like they say: "Practice makes perfect."

It was a fun way to relieve my stress and dance, now I just get a chance to attend contest powwows.

vince_j 08-29-2005 10:41 AM


Originally Posted by Dine_AztecaPrInCeSs
Roses are red, Natives are brown
I will not frown in my own town
If your NATIVE let it show...
Don't be scuurred to let it grow

Nizhoni - I liked it.

shorty 08-30-2005 08:05 PM

i go to non contest powwows all the time ~!*~!*~!
if i go to contes powwows its only to watch~!*~!i Lovee contest powwows~!~!~! if i dont have to compete lol :) but i do love to watch them!!!!! ~~!*my fav iz a good DrumContest~~!*(~!

AEn8ive_kita 08-31-2005 01:14 AM

Non contest Powwows
I go to non contest powwows... i enjoy em too... i don't know what it is though, when i attend the ones that aren't contest, i hear the best drumming... it is always fun just to go and listen to good singing and that is true... non contest can be like practicing for ya! :)

JimGrayOwl 08-31-2005 02:07 AM

I love the traditional ones. Seems a little more fun, not as many uptight people. Communication is good, espcially if you need help with regalia, beading etc. Just so much more laid back!

takoja007 09-11-2005 07:03 PM

:thumbsup: I like to attend both, but it's always fun to travel to a big contest one! :star:

*Mystic* 09-11-2005 08:19 PM

I attended like 2 non-contest pow wows. It really doesn't make a difference to me. I love them no matter what kind they are.

yooperbear 09-12-2005 09:19 AM

I enjoy the traditional ones. I've only been to a couple of contests, mainly to watch.

4littlefeathers 09-12-2005 09:05 PM

Traditional all the way.....Ojibway Style
I have been a Grassdancer for a long time, in all the years, of dancing, I only went to one competition pow wow in my life, that was about 14 years ago in northern Minnesota. I decided to dance there too. To compete, I never placed, and the experience taught me a lesson, It is my belief that the dancers who show up at these pow wows are usually regulars, and the winners are usually competition dancers. The judging is based on the reputation of individual dancers, and they are the ones that win all the time. In other words i believe these pow wows are fixed. So I dance for spiritual reasons, rather than for the competition. Traditional powwows are a way of life, and in ojibway country there are traditional pow wows every weekend. Competition pow wows just don't cut it for me.....Te Bwe Win

Homalosa 09-14-2005 09:01 PM

It shouldn't matter. If you are a dancer, you dance at powwows, period. I don't go to hobbyst or new age powwows though.

3ndnbear 09-19-2005 10:36 AM

pow wow
i attend both.... i like the atmosphere of most traditional pow wows.... relaxed and laid back.. but i have stumbled across some where i've packed up and left right away.. but that is true for competition ones too...

WiNaWaChiKa 10-23-2005 11:09 PM

I love to dance in pow wows. Small gatherings are my favorite, I get to see old friends who i call family and meet new who i welcome as family. The only contest -pow wow i really attend is trail of tears in Ky. But to camp out at small gatherings is so wonderful, even when the temp starts to drop. Just to visit and catch up on how everyone has been since you last seen them and to dance together is what I love about small gatherings. Many Blessings to all.

ThndrDude 10-30-2005 11:15 AM


Originally Posted by rachelg196
I just wanted to get a feel for how many would attend one since all I see are contest powwows nowadays.

I spend all my time at non-contest pow wows. I have attended contest pow wows and I help out a friend at one once in a while but I perfer non-contest... Traditional, simi-traditional, gathering... you name it. Much more relaxed.

ThndrDude 10-30-2005 11:34 AM


Originally Posted by old bull
I Love The Noncontest Pow Wow But As A Drummer You Compete To Get Host Jobs Nobody Wants A Drum Thats Never Been Heard Of But We Drum Them For Our Own Pleasure And The Dancers Who Can't Or Wont Go To The Big Ones.

When we pick a Drum for host we dont care about how popular they are. We look for a drum that has good values, sings good and has a great time at the pow wows.

As for why I go... I go to have fun. I went to a contest pow wow to help out a friend and decided to dance just to have fun. I was very suprised to find out I won my catagory! Now I just help out at that pow wow.

Sho-Ban Babe 11-07-2005 11:57 AM

Oh Yeah, no contests!
I go to non-contest powwows so that my children can go and dance without stressing out. They like to go to have a good time and to just dance. It is good practice for them and they can teach their cousins how to dance, since they are new to dancing. I like the fact that communities can have dances and attract good dancers for the pure fact of dancing, not money. :thumbsup:

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