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Paul G 08-14-2005 12:10 AM

NMAI 2005 National Pow Wow
 
It's now 11:00 and I'm back at the hotel after a full day at the NMAI National Pow Wow.

The museum has now set a high standard for future events. I can only hope they will have this Pow Wow on a regular basis.

There are about 450 dancers and 10 drums. The staff has done a great job planning this event. The day went very smoothly. Everything was wrapped up and over by 10:20 pm. I haven't been to many dances that can stay that close to schedule!!

This evening they featured original dancers in each category. This was quite a site. I have video of each one that I'll be uploading over the next week.

In drum competition all I can say in North Carolina is putting themselves on the map for the home of great drums. If things continue tommorrow as today, 3 drums from NC will place--Stoney Creek, Southern Sun, and Kau Tau Nau Jr's.

Thanks to the staff for thier hospitailtiy. And it was great seeing all of you PowWows.com'ers today.

I have over an hour of video and several hundred photos to start working on. Look for them to start being uploaded soon.

Check this link for the photos and video:

http://www.powwows.com/galleries/sho...ry.php?cat=575

Thanks!

dancnbrd 08-14-2005 12:18 AM

Thank you Paul!!! You da man!!!! I'm dying for some pics, especially since my whole family is there!!! :yippee:

Nezbah 08-14-2005 12:24 AM

Thanks Paul for your update. I was kinda wondering what was going on there. Wish I was there. Well maybe next year. Take care and safe travels

Paul G 08-14-2005 12:54 AM

I've uploaded a few photos. I'll try to do more tommorrow!

Mato Winyan 08-14-2005 01:36 AM

I got a call tonight from the powwow...... NDN KIDZ, Singing Otter and Lapis Queen. Wooooo hooooo!! Was really a sweet thought! Made me feel good and apart of things just a little.

KIDZ gave me a blow by blow of the womens Norther Traditional then passed the phone to Otter so she could take a photo for me. :lol: Otter then finished telling me what was going on. Really sounded great!

Wish I could have been there........ hopefully next year!

JimGrayOwl 08-14-2005 02:40 AM

Bummed about the pow wow
 
I participated in last years event and found it to be really great. I guess because there were so many people from so many different Nations. I have a little different perspective on this years event, but I don’t want to sound negative. This years pow wow was different, I didn’t dance this year I just wanted to sit back and enjoy, which I don’t often get to do. The dancers, pow wow staff, drums, emcee’s were great. Many very talented people, awesome regailia, great music. My wife and I even enjoyed the younger folks who were rapping and break dancing prior to grand entry. It was awesome until after grand entry.

I went to get something to eat, and as with most pow wow’s, not enough good food vendors (NDN type). The line for the real food (fry bread) was way too long. I opted for the less desirable fast food sold by the MCI center. 5 chicken strips, fries, and a coke $18 dollars. First downer.

I wanted to check out the vendors, there were many. I thought there would be a very diverse vendor crowd, hard to tell what one might find. However, there must have been 10000 shoppers, and all of them stepped right in front of me every time I found something of interest. You could barely walk through the area. The only thing I bought was an event t-shirt. Second downer.

The final straw was when a young man, who was recuperating from wounds sustained in combat, was being honored by all. Being a disabled combat vet, color guard member, and gourd dancer, I wanted to go down and honor him and say welcome home. The Emcee even invited us to the floor to do so. But the MCI staff would not allow us on the floor. I spoke with the powwow organizer, Jackie, who stated they had the same problem on Friday. She was great, went right to the radio made contact with the facility staff supervisor, problem solved right? Wrong!

About an hour later I went to see the young man and try to get some pics of another color guard who were looking really good (beautiful young ladies, etc) most of whom I knew. Another MCI staff member stepped in front of me, got rude, and wouldn’t let me shake hands or take pictures. He asked me if I had the “credentials” to be in the area and further stated several times quite coarsely, your not going back there. What the heck is that? I tried to explain the whole cultural thing to him, and he continued to be rude. 150 years ago and his hair would have been adorning a pole outside my lodge. Third downer, I didn’t even stay for gourd dancing.

If it is at the MCI center, or any place staffed by non-Natives, I won’t go back. If you’re not a contestant, I wouldn’t recommend going. Although the museum is trying to do a good thing, I think a lot gets lost when the important cultural things are ignored by folks who couldn’t give a crap about our traditions. This was not a “family event" as a pow wow should be!

Paul G 08-14-2005 08:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JimGrayOwl
I participated in last years event and found it to be really great. I guess because there were so many people from so many different Nations. I have a little different perspective on this years event, but I don’t want to sound negative. This years pow wow was different, I didn’t dance this year I just wanted to sit back and enjoy, which I don’t often get to do. The dancers, pow wow staff, drums, emcee’s were great. Many very talented people, awesome regailia, great music. My wife and I even enjoyed the younger folks who were rapping and break dancing prior to grand entry. It was awesome until after grand entry.

I went to get something to eat, and as with most pow wow’s, not enough good food vendors (NDN type). The line for the real food (fry bread) was way too long. I opted for the less desirable fast food sold by the MCI center. 5 chicken strips, fries, and a coke $18 dollars. First downer.

I wanted to check out the vendors, there were many. I thought there would be a very diverse vendor crowd, hard to tell what one might find. However, there must have been 10000 shoppers, and all of them stepped right in front of me every time I found something of interest. You could barely walk through the area. The only thing I bought was an event t-shirt. Second downer.

The final straw was when a young man, who was recuperating from wounds sustained in combat, was being honored by all. Being a disabled combat vet, color guard member, and gourd dancer, I wanted to go down and honor him and say welcome home. The Emcee even invited us to the floor to do so. But the MCI staff would not allow us on the floor. I spoke with the powwow organizer, Jackie, who stated they had the same problem on Friday. She was great, went right to the radio made contact with the facility staff supervisor, problem solved right? Wrong!

About an hour later I went to see the young man and try to get some pics of another color guard who were looking really good (beautiful young ladies, etc) most of whom I knew. Another MCI staff member stepped in front of me, got rude, and wouldn’t let me shake hands or take pictures. He asked me if I had the “credentials” to be in the area and further stated several times quite coarsely, your not going back there. What the heck is that? I tried to explain the whole cultural thing to him, and he continued to be rude. 150 years ago and his hair would have been adorning a pole outside my lodge. Third downer, I didn’t even stay for gourd dancing.

If it is at the MCI center, or any place staffed by non-Natives, I won’t go back. If you’re not a contestant, I wouldn’t recommend going. Although the museum is trying to do a good thing, I think a lot gets lost when the important cultural things are ignored by folks who couldn’t give a crap about our traditions. This was not a “family event" as a pow wow should be!


Sorry to hear about the problems you had. I would definately contact WhoMe so they could plan better for thier next event.

This, unfortunately, is not going to be an annual event.

I thought they did a pretty good job with the food vendors. There were always pretty large lines, however, there were lots of vendors compared to other large pow wows I've been too. I walked just outside the door and found a McDonalds, Hagen Daz, Star Bucks and more!

As for shopping, I thought there would be more vendors. And more high quality vendors like a Red Earth. I didn't have any problems getting to them to shop. But maybe because I'm comparing it to Gathering where it is shoulder to shoulder on the concourse.

Paul G 08-14-2005 09:01 AM

And on the security. At an event like Gathering, they hire a Native firm to handle the security. This doesn't make it that much better, from what I've found. The security where I was this weekend seemed to be understanding with the audience. They let people come down and take a few photos and then would ask them to take thier seats. And as it got later, it became very lacks.

Soohkiisimsstaan 08-14-2005 12:09 PM

Great pictures, Paul. Thanks so much for being our 'eyes'.

AEn8ive_kita 08-14-2005 07:29 PM

Those are some great pics Paul! Wish i made it east this year, but there is always next yr to look foward 2!

Paul G 08-14-2005 10:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AEn8ive_kita
Those are some great pics Paul! Wish i made it east this year, but there is always next yr to look foward 2!

Thanks!

Remember guys it isn't going to be an annual event.

Smokin' Ace 08-15-2005 01:54 AM

Well I never did see NDNKIDZ, or Singing Otter, but I did see Lapis Queen. And a whole lotta other folks.

I was there yesterday and left today around 3 - just got home. I am whooped....

Will tell more tomorrow....

NDNKIDZ 08-15-2005 07:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Smokin' Ace
Well I never did see NDNKIDZ, or Singing Otter, but I did see Lapis Queen. And a whole lotta other folks.

I was there yesterday and left today around 3 - just got home. I am whooped....

Will tell more tomorrow....

I was there.. lol sitting at the very end facing the stage.. it was a great time..we had to leave earlyyyyyyyyyyy sunday morning.. driving to the airport a guy tried to drive right over the top of us.. everyone is fine.. just woke us up realllllllll quick.. hope everyone made it home safely.. :)

nativegal 08-15-2005 09:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JimGrayOwl
I participated in last years event and found it to be really great. I guess because there were so many people from so many different Nations. I have a little different perspective on this years event, but I don’t want to sound negative. This years pow wow was different, I didn’t dance this year I just wanted to sit back and enjoy, which I don’t often get to do. The dancers, pow wow staff, drums, emcee’s were great. Many very talented people, awesome regailia, great music. My wife and I even enjoyed the younger folks who were rapping and break dancing prior to grand entry. It was awesome until after grand entry.

I went to get something to eat, and as with most pow wow’s, not enough good food vendors (NDN type). The line for the real food (fry bread) was way too long. I opted for the less desirable fast food sold by the MCI center. 5 chicken strips, fries, and a coke $18 dollars. First downer.

I wanted to check out the vendors, there were many. I thought there would be a very diverse vendor crowd, hard to tell what one might find. However, there must have been 10000 shoppers, and all of them stepped right in front of me every time I found something of interest. You could barely walk through the area. The only thing I bought was an event t-shirt. Second downer.

The final straw was when a young man, who was recuperating from wounds sustained in combat, was being honored by all. Being a disabled combat vet, color guard member, and gourd dancer, I wanted to go down and honor him and say welcome home. The Emcee even invited us to the floor to do so. But the MCI staff would not allow us on the floor. I spoke with the powwow organizer, Jackie, who stated they had the same problem on Friday. She was great, went right to the radio made contact with the facility staff supervisor, problem solved right? Wrong!

About an hour later I went to see the young man and try to get some pics of another color guard who were looking really good (beautiful young ladies, etc) most of whom I knew. Another MCI staff member stepped in front of me, got rude, and wouldn’t let me shake hands or take pictures. He asked me if I had the “credentials” to be in the area and further stated several times quite coarsely, your not going back there. What the heck is that? I tried to explain the whole cultural thing to him, and he continued to be rude. 150 years ago and his hair would have been adorning a pole outside my lodge. Third downer, I didn’t even stay for gourd dancing.

If it is at the MCI center, or any place staffed by non-Natives, I won’t go back. If you’re not a contestant, I wouldn’t recommend going. Although the museum is trying to do a good thing, I think a lot gets lost when the important cultural things are ignored by folks who couldn’t give a crap about our traditions. This was not a “family event" as a pow wow should be!

I would agree with you especially when it comes to the "credentials". My husband and myself were there on the arena floor for 2 hours with no problem and some lady with the MCI center wanted to walk up after seeing us watching the drums and said "you are not allowed down here" my husband said well " I have family and friends down here I drove to see" she more or less said she didnt care we needed to be in the stands. We were highly ticked, in a better word, and left to get a smoke in and a breather. Well come to find out if you look at your ticket, it says open seating and there was nothing posted saying you have to either have a badge, or red band. So that made me mad, they should have better wording on that but that's my opinion. But loved singing and dancing. AWESOME!!!

Emmy 08-15-2005 11:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NDNKIDZ
I was there.. lol sitting at the very end facing the stage.. it was a great time..we had to leave earlyyyyyyyyyyy sunday morning.. driving to the airport a guy tried to drive right over the top of us.. everyone is fine.. just woke us up realllllllll quick.. hope everyone made it home safely.. :)


i didnt even get a chance to meet u!!! i was sitting behind u i think on sat :)

Kiwehnzii 08-15-2005 11:46 AM

I, too, had a wonderful time as you all had.

Friday night, I watched the most beautiful sunset as I sat on the shoreline and then I went and rested up after sitting in the hot tub for a bit. I registered Fri. nite so I wouldn't encounter a line up the next morning. ($5.00 fee)

The hotel gave us $5.00 coupons for the casino and a 1/2 off breakfast buffet coupon so.......... breakie was free. My room rate was $55.00 a night (no tax).

The powwow location was centered in a lovely little valley surrounded by pine trees and poplar. You could take great pictures from the top of the valley overlooking the dance area. Beautiful!!

The security was great! All native. They took one look at you and let us pass with a "have a great weekend!" greeting. Ample, free parking! And........ all the great vendors!!! Wow. And great prices! Even some gooooooood Mexican food for sale.

The community sponsored feast! It was DELICIOUS! Chicken and gravy, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, watermelon, and drinks. Great, great hospitality.

About 250 dancers. 8 drums. Real laid back. No rushing. No need for a canopy for us. We sat in the shade of a beautiful 100 ft. pine tree.

People were so friendly. Not being party-ers, I can't comment on how that went, but all I can say is, I never heard any bad reports.

All-in-all a real nice weekend. No rain. Tempuratures hovered around the 75 to 80 degree range. Nice breeze coming in from Lake Michigan. Total cost for me and the missus. About $160.00. Very pleasing to the pocket book.

Harbor Springs, Michigan. You guys should check it out!

buckskin pantyhose 08-15-2005 12:23 PM

B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L pictures Paul!! Thanks for sharing...i had to tell Anna to come check out the great shots you got of her...you're an amazing photographer! ;)

Paul G 08-15-2005 12:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by buckskin pantyhose
B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L pictures Paul!! Thanks for sharing...i had to tell Anna to come check out the great shots you got of her...you're an amazing photographer! ;)

Thanks!!

I'm uploading the next batch of photos now.

vince_j 08-15-2005 01:47 PM

One Great Pow Wow
 
Aside from the downers JimGreyOwl mentioned, this one has to go down in my books as Fantastic!.

Saturday was my only day there. The line to buy tickets around Grand Entry time was so looooong, you had to stand outside at the end (90+ degrees and 100% humidity). But a very nice girl was kind enough to sell me her extra ticket for $10 (not $12 being charged at the tix booth), very big THANKS to who ever she was. I only stood in line for 2 minutes.

Paul was in action, snapping photos and running the video equipment. This guy worked his behind off, he showed much dedication. Thanks Paul for recording the moments.

I danced all the intertribals (no regalia), shaking hands with ppl from places that I met along the PW trail; and was invited to dance the Owl/Rabbit/Snake dances with a visitor from Austria.

They also held a Moment of Silence for the Jack family and said some kind words on their behalf.

Paul G 08-15-2005 05:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vince_j
Aside from the downers JimGreyOwl mentioned, this one has to go down in my books as Fantastic!.

Saturday was my only day there. The line to buy tickets around Grand Entry time was so looooong, you had to stand outside at the end (90+ degrees and 100% humidity). But a very nice girl was kind enough to sell me her extra ticket for $10 (not $12 being charged at the tix booth), very big THANKS to who ever she was. I only stood in line for 2 minutes.

Paul was in action, snapping photos and running the video equipment. This guy worked his behind off, he showed much dedication. Thanks Paul for recording the moments.

I danced all the intertribals (no regalia), shaking hands with ppl from places that I met along the PW trail; and was invited to dance the Owl/Rabbit/Snake dances with a visitor from Austria.

They also held a Moment of Silence for the Jack family and said some kind words on their behalf.

You're welcome! I had a blast.

I'm now uploading the last batch of photos-96 of them!

I'll start working on videos tonight.

Paul G 08-15-2005 06:04 PM

All of the photos are now online!

Hope you enjoy:

http://www.powwows.com/galleries/sho...ry.php?cat=575

1dancing white wolf 08-15-2005 06:28 PM

To JimGreyOwl
 
JimGreyOwl,
I am with the VEVITA color guard (my husband is the Eagle Staff bearer). I am so sorry that you were mistreated by the MCI staff when you tried to come down and meet Michael. He is an outstanding young man who was overwhelmed by the response he recieved from the NDN community. Many people came over to shake his hand and thank him for his sacrifice, and he was given many small gifts that meant so much to him. I think what really impressed him the most was that he is not an Indian, but we treated him with respect and dignity, as we do all veterans. He told us before he left that the experience was very postive and healing for him, and that he would always remember how wonderful we all were. Micheal is still on active duty pending discharge at this time, so he will be going home to Washington state soon.
On the subject of the MCI center security-I was very disappointed with some of the staff. I was rather rudely asked to show my armband while in regalia several times as I went back to the dressing room to use the facilities. On Sunday, I was in street clothes (kahkis and a VEVITA t-shirt) assisting Mrs. West, who was taking photos of grand entry and had to inform an MCI security staff member who Mrs. West was when he was rude with us for "blocking a news photographer". Apparently, these people were not informed who VIPs were. On the flip side-when we entered the building from the street first thing in the morning, the security guards at the entrance were required to search our cases, but refrained from handling our regalia, and only asked us to open the cases and then sent us on our way. One guard in particular was very nice about not touching anything, once I explained about my husbands Eagle feather box. We had volunteers in our dressing rooms to help with whatever needed helping with, and these folks were pleasant and polite. One lady even helped me find a restaurant in Chinatown, giving me directions (and the food was excellent).
I think that these people are more accustomed to the crowds at concerts and sporting events and do not understand the social situation that is the core of any pow wow.
And I was also amazed at how rude some of the photographers were to us, shoving cameras right in our faces while were conversing outside the dance arena. Granted, we all had to sign a waiver for photographs, but I still felt that a modicum of common courtesy could have been maintained. Senator Campbell was constantly mobbed by photographers, as was Mr. West. These gentlemen are elders, and it would have been nice to see the press give them a little space so they could relax and enjoy the pow wow.
The vendor area was absolute chaos, and anyone in regalia was subject to cameras popping off, and people touching them without asking. Having done several programs at the NMAI over the last several months, I can tell you that this is the norm for DC. When I was at the museum on Memorial Day, I had to have a security escort take me inside when I was surrounded by tourists wanting pictures. Most of these people thought that it was my job to pose for photos, and many of them did not speak English.
Overall, I can say that I would not have missed this for the world, and that I have some really great memories to share of this weekend.

smyles 08-15-2005 07:19 PM

Saturday night 49
 
Hey all,

I enjoyed myself at the Saturday night 49 at Tom Toms' in Adam's Morgan. Thanks to the guys who sponsored it, and it was great to see everyone out having a good time. Even though it was hot, sweaty, and crowded, there were many Natives representing in the club. I especially enjoyed the Old School crew showing up, and the guys singing some 49 songs. There were a few cute Indians guys there as well; much love to everyone.

Smokin' Ace 08-15-2005 08:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1dancing white wolf
JimGreyOwl,
I am with the VEVITA color guard (my husband is the Eagle Staff bearer). I am so sorry that you were mistreated by the MCI staff when you tried to come down and meet Michael. He is an outstanding young man who was overwhelmed by the response he recieved from the NDN community. Many people came over to shake his hand and thank him for his sacrifice, and he was given many small gifts that meant so much to him. I think what really impressed him the most was that he is not an Indian, but we treated him with respect and dignity, as we do all veterans. He told us before he left that the experience was very postive and healing for him, and that he would always remember how wonderful we all were. Micheal is still on active duty pending discharge at this time, so he will be going home to Washington state soon.
On the subject of the MCI center security-I was very disappointed with some of the staff. I was rather rudely asked to show my armband while in regalia several times as I went back to the dressing room to use the facilities. On Sunday, I was in street clothes (kahkis and a VEVITA t-shirt) assisting Mrs. West, who was taking photos of grand entry and had to inform an MCI security staff member who Mrs. West was when he was rude with us for "blocking a news photographer". Apparently, these people were not informed who VIPs were. On the flip side-when we entered the building from the street first thing in the morning, the security guards at the entrance were required to search our cases, but refrained from handling our regalia, and only asked us to open the cases and then sent us on our way. One guard in particular was very nice about not touching anything, once I explained about my husbands Eagle feather box. We had volunteers in our dressing rooms to help with whatever needed helping with, and these folks were pleasant and polite. One lady even helped me find a restaurant in Chinatown, giving me directions (and the food was excellent).
I think that these people are more accustomed to the crowds at concerts and sporting events and do not understand the social situation that is the core of any pow wow.
And I was also amazed at how rude some of the photographers were to us, shoving cameras right in our faces while were conversing outside the dance arena. Granted, we all had to sign a waiver for photographs, but I still felt that a modicum of common courtesy could have been maintained. Senator Campbell was constantly mobbed by photographers, as was Mr. West. These gentlemen are elders, and it would have been nice to see the press give them a little space so they could relax and enjoy the pow wow.
The vendor area was absolute chaos, and anyone in regalia was subject to cameras popping off, and people touching them without asking. Having done several programs at the NMAI over the last several months, I can tell you that this is the norm for DC. When I was at the museum on Memorial Day, I had to have a security escort take me inside when I was surrounded by tourists wanting pictures. Most of these people thought that it was my job to pose for photos, and many of them did not speak English.
Overall, I can say that I would not have missed this for the world, and that I have some really great memories to share of this weekend.

Hey Rie - what's up? I didn't know you were there girl - sorry I missed ya!

Ndnsoldierboy 08-16-2005 03:45 AM

Over here in the middle east, there was a split pic of a boys teen fancy dancer during grand entry and a kid from the Seneca Nation that made page 10 of the Stars and Stripes. I had forgotten all about the powwow until I saw the article which was about 4 sentences long. I hope everyone had a good time overall at the powwow. :yank:

1dancing white wolf 08-16-2005 10:19 AM

Hey Ace,
If you were watching the dancers, then you didn't see much of me-I didn't contest, just danced Grand Entry and some intertribals. Mostly I was taking care of VEVITA-they are calling me "Mom" now. You know how that goes; hair needs braiding, things need fixing, ect. Sunday I was doing the incognito thing, no regalia. A friend of mine who works for the museum was not feeling well and asked me to help him out with a few things during Grand Entry. So basically I was all over the place, but with all that beautiful beadwork in the dance arena, nobody was looking at me in my simple white buckskin. I think I spent the whole weekend saying "Look at that. Make one of those for me." Steve has so much beadwork to do for me this winter!

Paul G 08-16-2005 01:04 PM

I'm uploading the first of the videos now:

Bear Butte Crossing
Grass
Midnite Express

ndnwmn21 08-16-2005 01:08 PM

Thanks Paul for taking the pics and posting them. For those of us that were unable to make it. Thanks for taking the time to let us be a part of it through pics and video.

Thanks again you're great.

Singing Otter 08-16-2005 01:24 PM

Paul pleeeeeeeeeeeeease tell me you got the fancy shawl and jingle exhibitions.

Paul G 08-16-2005 02:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Singing Otter
Paul pleeeeeeeeeeeeease tell me you got the fancy shawl and jingle exhibitions.

The original dances?

I've got all of them!! I'm working on adding them all!

Emmy 08-16-2005 03:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul G
I'm uploading the first of the videos now:

Bear Butte Crossing
Grass
Midnite Express

paul,
for some reason i cant see it i can hear it but thats it... neways where was bear butte crossing? next to white oak singers? the last drum?

Paul G 08-16-2005 04:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Emmy
paul,
for some reason i cant see it i can hear it but thats it... neways where was bear butte crossing? next to white oak singers? the last drum?

Make sure you have lastest Windows Media Player.

Emmy 08-16-2005 04:24 PM

i do my machine is tempremental... ill try rebooting

grneyendn 08-16-2005 04:28 PM

I had no intentions of getting to attend this powwow at all but my mother, grandmother, and uncle was there. I called my mom on Friday to see what was up and she started telling me the people who she had already seen and the drums that were already there. At 5am the next morning I was on I-95 on my way to Washington DC for the National Powwow. I just couldn't stand it!!!!

I didn't get to dance myself, but we did make it there before Grand Entry and we let our son dance. This powwow was awesome and a true spiritual healing for me since I had such a bad week last week and was so depressed. After leaving Sunday night from the event - I was so refreshed and so thankful that I had attended.

As far as the MCI staff - I encountered their rudeness as well. My son, who is 2 yrs old, was in regalia and going back to the Grand Entry line-up area. I was stopped by the staff and told that I could not go back there with him because I did not have a red bracelet on. I explained to them that we were told there were no more bands and that I had to purchase a regular admission ticket and even showed her the ticket. She still refused to allow me to enter the line-up area. I was so mad at that point but knew that my son was in my arms, I over looked ignorance and waited patiently with my lil' grass dancer for his uncle in the Men's Grass to come by so that my child could dance in with him. I don't know how that lady was raised but I would have never even thought of my son lining up by himself since he is only 2!!!!! THAT WAS SO RUDE!!!

sltate 08-16-2005 04:34 PM

Does anyone have a complete list of winners for this pow wow???? I went to IICOT(my heart was in DC though, LOL) and was receiving texts from my friends who were in DC, but I never actually received a full list. LOL
WHOME, can you post an official list, please?
Also, I hope this can become a yearly celebration because I think it would be the pow wow on the 2000's(like Red Earth was the 80's, Schemitzun was the 90's) except this one is promoting educational information straight from the NMAI, how exciting!!! I enjoyed the myth busters as well as the photos, it must have been a real exciting and educational experience with the best dancers and singers from Indian Country. Sounds like a winner for the pow wow of the year!!!!

sltate 08-16-2005 04:43 PM

Sorry to hear about the arena staff but I would have to say that being in a building such as the MCI arena, you have to go along with their security rules and it sounds like they were only doing their jobs. I imagine they never had a pow wow there before, therefore they were not familiar with traditions that go along with our celebrations. I hope they learned a little heritage and culture by the end of the weekend. LOL I guess they couldn't help being affected with as many Native Americans in one place for 3 days, so maybe they took something positive with them!

Paul G 08-16-2005 05:36 PM

I've just uploaded about 13 videos.

This includes:
Southern Sun
Stoney Creek
Yellowhammer
Midnite Express
Bear Creek

Original Fancy Feather
Original Fancy Shawl

Grass
Fancy Feather

More coming tommorrow.

ABENEWA KWE 08-17-2005 09:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul G
Thanks!

Remember guys it isn't going to be an annual event.

well .. now that sucks!! i missed it ... and i thought that i would go next year ... shhhhhhhooooooooooooooot!!!

so are they going to do it like ... every other year or so???

lataz

p.s .. Paul ... thanks for posting videos!!! at least i can watch!!

Paul G 08-17-2005 01:01 PM

I'm not uploading the last of the videos. These include:

Crow Exhibition
Jingle
Original Buckskin
Original Cloth
Original Jingle
Original Straight
Original Traditional
Straight

Hope you enjoy!

Smokin' Ace 08-17-2005 01:06 PM

You are doing a great job Paul - thanks for all you do!


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