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    I am hoping that those who are experienced and follow the pow wow trail can please help me. I have recently started photographing pow wows and love it. However after looking through all my photos I've notice that many of the pow wow are held indoors at a gym or arena or those that are held outside end at nightfall. I very much want to photograph some pow wows in the more traditional sense, that is by firelight. Can anyone help direct me to these pow wows? Thank you for your time.
    to deny one's own experiences is to put a lie on the lips of the soul.

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    Kevin why so particular? One man's tradition is another man's folly. With the flamability of many of today's dance clothes fires just aren't seen much. The NDN's discovered electricity too and it's cheaper/easier and less likely to burn down the forest. Then there's the whole dancing in the smoke thing. And if smoke follows age or smoke follows beauty, well, someone's sure to get more than their fair share. Of course getting that smoke smell out of the clothes is another whole issue. Good thing about the smoke it sometimes keeps the bugs away. I think you're likely better off getting a Blu-Ray of Dancing with Wolves. There's some fire dancing there. I've been going to powwows for a long time and I think I've only seen fires at a handful of them, all on the east coast.
    Last edited by hobbs49; 03-03-2009, 06:31 PM.
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    • #3
      Kevin,

      I have only seen one powwow by fire light. In the center of the fire was a man in pioneer cloths tied to a post. But he burnt up too quickly and it was dark again.

      So everybody went home.
      Last edited by WhoMe; 04-27-2009, 05:41 PM.
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      • #4
        You know I have never been to a powwow by firelight
        We just turned on the lights when it got dark!

        Time Machine might work but then again you might not like the reception
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Josiah View Post
          You know I have never been to a powwow by firelight
          We just turned on the lights when it got dark!

          Time Machine might work but then again you might not like the reception

          Did some need a campfire started?
          "It doesn't really matter, they don't know any better anyway."

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          • #6
            We still have a few that have fires here in PA, but at night we tend to turn on those new fangled things called Electric lights. Besides most pow wows are done by dark around here so that the natives can get some rest....that way we can 49 all night after the lookieloos have gone home....

            ronflmao at the "dances with wolves" thing...
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            • #7
              I think Hobbs49 is right. It is a safety issue. The clothing the dancers wear can be very flammable.

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              • #8
                Depending on what they served at dinners the dancers can be pretty flamable too, aye.

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                • #9
                  My god someone asked a stupid question. "pow wows by firelight". esha...
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Scabbraidz View Post
                    My god someone asked a stupid question. "pow wows by firelight". esha...
                    Stupid? Maybe.

                    Uninformed? Definately. The Spectator's Forum is supposed to be a place where people who aren't well informed can somewhat safely ask questions. I think that Kevin likely got the message that powwows by firelight probably wasn't too mainstream and shouldn't be something that he should be looking for.
                    "It doesn't really matter, they don't know any better anyway."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by WhoMe View Post
                      Kevin,

                      I have only seen one powwow by fire light. In the center of the fire was the was a man in pioneer cloths tied to the post. But he burnt up too quickly and it was dark again.

                      So everybody went home.
                      that is too funny haha

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                      • #12
                        Hi Kevin!

                        your last name wouldn't happen to be Costner, would it?

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                        • #13
                          Ive talkd to many people who litterly had only seen indoor pow-wow's and wonderd if there were any comming up that were outdoors. And as always I would give them the dates to as many as I then knew of. NOw not many fire ones lol but ive went to Stomp dances that had fires where it was permittd to have a fire..
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by kevin View Post
                            I am hoping that those who are experienced and follow the pow wow trail can please help me. I have recently started photographing pow wows and love it. However after looking through all my photos I've notice that many of the pow wow are held indoors at a gym or arena or those that are held outside end at nightfall. I very much want to photograph some pow wows in the more traditional sense, that is by firelight. Can anyone help direct me to these pow wows? Thank you for your time.
                            I was recently at a powwow with a fire. Adding this picture for you. Shame it wasn't dark yet.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by hobbs49 View Post
                              Stupid? Maybe.

                              Uninformed? Definately. The Spectator's Forum is supposed to be a place where people who aren't well informed can somewhat safely ask questions. I think that Kevin likely got the message that powwows by firelight probably wasn't too mainstream and shouldn't be something that he should be looking for.


                              Excellent answer!
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