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DeafElderWoman 08-01-2015 05:54 AM

In order to wear warbonnet, you have to be Native and to earn the warbonnet for being chief discussing with his councilors and providing ways to help Native people to live on the reservation or First Nation. The Chief is like a father to all of our Native people on the reservation or First Nation.

The Chief can only wear it to be with the military Natives and Non-Natives to paraded around the Powwow grounds. It is also letting Native people know that he is tribal head (Chief) of the whole reservation (just one reservation) just like the President of United States (only with the whole 50 states).

I agree that you can not wear the warbonnet whether real or non-real in the Powwow grounds. It is forbidden.

AmigoKumeyaay 08-02-2015 09:38 PM

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Originally Posted by whitecoyote (Post 1619910)

White Coyote
I am a non-Indian. I started dancing powwow when I was 11 years old as a fancy dancer in boys scouts and continued dancing with CIHA, here in California until my career forced me to put it on hold. Now that I am retired I have returned to the dance circle, completing a new regalia which I wish to top off with a war bonnet, as I always have in the past.

Are you attending this powwow?

https://scontent-lax1-1.xx.fbcdn.net...f7&oe=564F8795

wardancer 08-02-2015 11:29 PM

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Originally Posted by AmigoKumeyaay (Post 1620046)

Prolly depends on whether he gets his bonnet done......can you chuck a chicken while wearin' a bonnet ? :rofl:

gilisi 08-05-2015 09:23 AM

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Originally Posted by wardancer (Post 1620048)
Prolly depends on whether he gets his bonnet done......can you chuck a chicken while wearin' a bonnet ? :rofl:

Even if he don't, he can still chuck his chicken.:laughing:

wardancer 08-05-2015 11:40 AM

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Got him a bonnet !:laughing:

wardancer 08-05-2015 11:41 AM

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Originally Posted by gilisi (Post 1620093)
Even if he don't, he can still chuck his chicken.:laughing:

I thought all you Cali guys just used a Kirby ! :hysterica

gilisi 08-05-2015 03:54 PM

Great suction, good product....

gilisi 08-05-2015 03:55 PM

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Originally Posted by wardancer (Post 1620095)
Got him a bonnet !:laughing:

:hysterica

subeeds 08-06-2015 03:05 AM

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Originally Posted by wardancer (Post 1620096)
I thought all you Cali guys just used a Kirby ! :hysterica

'Bout made me spew coffee all over my laptop. :lol:

gilisi 08-06-2015 11:15 AM

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Originally Posted by subeeds (Post 1620135)
'Bout made me spew coffee all over my laptop. :lol:

and you dont even know the back story LOL

Wakayosis 08-06-2015 02:54 PM

To answer your question.

As most posts have already explained, in the past these were worn only by men who earned it. Not going into detail as it this was already done. The women from Canada never wore head dresses (as far as I am aware).

Now a days, I see men who have not "earned" it per se but who have inherited them or, are worn by chiefs of either First Nation reservations or a leader within a First Nation organization that represent the masses. Even then those that have inherited them do not wear them (kind of frowned upon).

Today, I have seen a few select women who wear them but only because they are either the Chief of a First Nation reservation or, are Chiefs/vice-Chiefs of a major First Nation organization. My sister is the Chief of where I am from and she would never wear one (she was presented with a beaded crown though which she wears).

Now you being a non-First Nation, I would say no. You have not earned the right to wear one as stated above. Should you decide to wear one, be prepared to be criticized and confronted. Dancers from specific regions tend to know one another (known as the pow wow circle). Even though you wore one as a child and continued to dance pow wow throughout the years, that does not give you the right to wear one (someone tried to explain it to you by saying, if spent your whole career in the army, doesn't give you the right to wear a specific medal just because you can.... unless you earned it!).

xTekno 08-06-2015 05:18 PM

i guess anyone can ...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

milehighsalute 08-21-2015 01:29 AM

looks like i been missing all the fun.....

wardancer 08-22-2015 12:48 PM

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Originally Posted by milehighsalute (Post 1620548)
looks like i been missing all the fun.....

That's cause yer always off chasin them big white gurls ! :rofl:

milehighsalute 09-01-2015 12:20 PM

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Originally Posted by wardancer (Post 1620578)
That's cause yer always off chasin them big white gurls ! :rofl:

them big white girls dont run as fast as little indian girls......and the bonus is that they WANT to get caught

Toolbox 09-01-2015 03:23 PM

I was at Schemitzun powwow this past weekend and while I was walking around during supper break I saw a vendor (won't say which one) selling fake bonnets... I was like WTF and just walked away.

milehighsalute 09-01-2015 04:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Toolbox (Post 1620764)
I was at Schemitzun powwow this past weekend and while I was walking around during supper break I saw a vendor (won't say which one) selling fake bonnets... I was like WTF and just walked away.

east coast.......nuff said

jack2011 09-01-2015 04:48 PM

$$$
 
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Originally Posted by whitecoyote (Post 1619910)
What is the general consensus about wearing full war bonnets while dancing at powwows?

I've never seen a dancer in the cirle at a powwow wear a full war bonnet. Only the chief during entry......but I guess anything is possible.

As to "who can year wear a war bonnet?" : anyone with $$$ in their pocket...do a google search....plenty of natives selling them...I've seen them for sale (along with jingle dresses, full regalia....) for sale (to anyone with $) at powwows.
You can even buy a real one with eagle feathers if you have the cash and know where to look.

Toolbox 09-01-2015 08:00 PM

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Originally Posted by milehighsalute (Post 1620765)
east coast.......nuff said

There are decent powwows east of the Mississippi, Schemitzun used to be one of them back when it was massive and grand entry seemed to take over an hour.

Also don't forget that Canada has an East Coast as well and there are some decent powwows that are run by some of the friendliest and most honest people I have ever met. They are also, for the most part, free from nut jobs.

AmigoKumeyaay 09-01-2015 11:37 PM

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Here's a photo I took at 2014 Umatilla Wildhorse Powwow in Pendleton, Oregon

War Bonnet Special

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