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Paul G 08-18-2005 01:42 PM

I've uploaded 2 panoramics to the Gallery as well. These are pretty cool shots!

NDNQt 08-18-2005 02:02 PM

We encountered the attitudes security had also. We had moved from one side to the other and was walking on the outer edge of the floor, it was my mother (who is 70 years old), my fiancee and myself (I was carrying a 2 year old!) and this female security officer got an attitude w/my fiancee and said we had to walk all the way up the steps just to go over 1 section. We could see the seats when she did that. Of course my Eddie thinks she did it because he is white (which now I see they treated everyone like that), if only they would have let my mom walk on the floor without going up and down those steps. They had no respect for her being an elder as far as I am concerned.

04jingle26 08-18-2005 05:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Paul G
I've uploaded 2 panoramics to the Gallery as well. These are pretty cool shots!

Hey Paul great job! What do you do with all you extra pictures? I know being a photographer, you have to take way more than what you post. :)

Paul G 08-18-2005 05:36 PM

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Hey Paul great job! What do you do with all you extra pictures? I know being a photographer, you have to take way more than what you post. :)

Oh yeah I took alot more than that. I keep burn them to cd and archive them on a network hard drive.

ndnwmn21 08-18-2005 06:10 PM

Paul, you did a great job! Thos panoramic pics are so cool.

Paul G 08-18-2005 10:17 PM

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Originally Posted by ndnwmn21
Paul, you did a great job! Thos panoramic pics are so cool.

Thanks!

04jingle26 08-19-2005 02:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Paul G
Oh yeah I took alot more than that. I keep burn them to cd and archive them on a network hard drive.

Being a photographer myself, I would love to see all of them. What kind of camera to do you use?

Paul G 08-19-2005 08:42 PM

I have a Minolta Maxxum 7D. And I shot the NMAI with a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 lens.

JimGrayOwl 08-20-2005 06:09 AM

1 Dancing White Wolf
 
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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.

I'm with the Indian Nations Warriors and Veterans Honor Color Guard. I think VEVITA looked really great out there, what a grand entry. I really wanted to say hi to those I've met in the past, and those I hadn't. I was impressed, Old Begay had a really good team that time, hats off to him and all the rest of you, you were awesome! (I really wanted pictures of you guys, especially the female Devil Dog!)

The others looked nice also. It always makes me proud to Honor our Warriors in the right way. The folks who put this thing on had their hearts in the right place also. Jackie (can't remember her last name), got right on the problem of the MCI staff when she found out about it. She was very nice, as were all of the pow wow staff that we met. It just didn't work, I guess there were too many to communicate with. I have to wonder what we lost, for the sake of air conditioning. It just wasn't quite as social or family oriented as my wife and I would have like it to have been, but then again it was pretty big. I hope that if it is repeated, in the same place, maybe the staff could be briefed prior to the event. It kind of sucks when you can't meet old friends or make new ones. I'm glad to hear that they didn't disrespect those sacred items, but I hope they will do more in the future.

I hope this pow wow continues and grows. It was good to see that many people in DC. I guess I just got a little bummed by the attitudes of a few, combined with some of the mentioned disrespect that I also witnessed. But, hopefully that will change if the event continues and others learn our ways....

DatLumbeeTurtle 08-22-2005 01:37 AM

the photos are great! you dont have any of kau ta noh jrs?

3ndnbear 08-22-2005 09:17 AM

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great job Paul! you captured some really fantastic pictures and the videos are great! THANK YOU!

Paul G 08-22-2005 11:40 AM

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Originally Posted by 3ndnbear
great job Paul! you captured some really fantastic pictures and the videos are great! THANK YOU!

Thanks!

Paul G 08-22-2005 11:40 AM

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Originally Posted by DatLumbeeTurtle
the photos are great! you dont have any of kau ta noh jrs?

I have a video of them that will be online soon.

DatLumbeeTurtle 08-22-2005 01:41 PM


Emmy 08-22-2005 02:43 PM

has anyone else heard about the results audit...and the new findings?

04jingle26 08-22-2005 02:58 PM

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has anyone else heard about the results audit...and the new findings?

Whatcha takin about Willis? :)

Emmy 08-22-2005 06:13 PM

um... some of the catagories had to be re-added... new findings posted on the web site.

NDNQt 08-23-2005 01:37 PM

So what categories did they muck up? Did they have people w/experience doing their paperwork or just someone they hired?

04jingle26 08-23-2005 06:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Emmy
um... some of the catagories had to be re-added... new findings posted on the web site.

Thats crazy. I wonder which ones they were.

Camp7Kiowa 08-23-2005 10:23 PM

Paul~~you did a great job with the photos and the video. I know how much work is involved to set this whole web site up. I have a multimedia design degree and enjoy this type of work. Would love to be fully employed in this field. Keep up the good work, we really do appreciate it!


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