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  • A white spectator's view of Red Earth

    Even though I always try to make 4-5 pow wows a year, Red Earth always comes at a bad time of year for me. This year I was determined to blow off all other business and make it to OKC and I finally did it. Red earth was a whole new ballgame for me. I guess you would say the pow wows I have always attended are on the small side. I have never been to one as big as Red Earth and it was very different than what I was used to.
    Everyone said the overall numbers were down this year but for me it still seemed like a lot of people. Maybe fewer spectators than I expected. I wish Livingston wasn’t on the same weekend, ‘cause I’d like to see that one also. A more typical pow wow for me would be, say, Sac & Fox in Stroud, so you see, this was very different.
    I’ve never seen so many dancers at one time. However, I think what blew me away was all the drum groups. I’m not used to having more than one or two. I was so impressed with the singing. I think they were all really good, but I think my favorites were Midnight Express and Poor Boyz. (keep in mind I’m just a white spectator…so what do I know about singing…those were just the 2 that I personally enjoyed most)
    I did miss most of the contests as they were apparently done early on and I didn’t make it till Saturday. Lots and lots of inter-tribals. No dance contests Saturday evening, but did catch some tie-breakers on Sunday. Sunday was great. The spontaneous “stomp the yard” circle in the arena corner was tremendous, especially when they got the singers to dance, and even got Ruben to join in. I don’t know how “traditionalists” might feel about the whole thing, but it was very entertaining and everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun.
    I spent all of Saturday & Sunday sitting on the front row directly behind Paul & Stacy, watching both the pow wow, and how they covered it for the live webcast. Anyone who watches the pow wow on the website owes a debt of gratitude to these folks. They work very hard to get the best shots, and stay very busy working the computers and moving cameras around dragging cords behind them as they go. Last year I watched Red Earth on the webcast and my hats off to them both for their hard work. Thanks guys!
    So even though “numbers were down” and I heard some comments about “not being what it’s been in the past”, I thought it was a great time. I can’t evaluate a pow wow as a dancer, or even as a native, but as a white spectator, it was very impressive and I hope they keep it going in the future. I’d like to come back again. Maybe if the economy gets better the numbers will get better as well.
    "As through this world I've wandered, I've met lots of funny men. Some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen." -Woody Guthrie

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    Originally posted by socman View Post
    I spent all of Saturday & Sunday sitting on the front row directly behind Paul & Stacy, watching both the pow wow, and how they covered it for the live webcast. Anyone who watches the pow wow on the website owes a debt of gratitude to these folks. They work very hard to get the best shots, and stay very busy working the computers and moving cameras around dragging cords behind them as they go. Last year I watched Red Earth on the webcast and my hats off to them both for their hard work. Thanks guys!
    Thanks! We work hard, but have alot of fun too!
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    • #3
      I have to work hard to justify all that eating I do.....lol Thats my angle.

      I have been going to Red Earth for years and yea...this year the dancers were down by at least half. But with the combined categories and less payout I am not surprised.

      The dance off thing on Sunday was fun. I think the mood shifted some with that. I was really surprised to see the singers get out there! ROTF!
      "To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible." ~St. Augustine

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      • #4
        How do you feel about the way they announced the winners? I thought they could have done that better. They could have notified the finalist Saturday night, or Sunday morning, and then had them all be on the arena floor, in full regalia, and then announce who had actually won, instead of having them come down out of the stands randomly. It's not like the whole crowd knows these dancers personally, and can recognize them, even in civvies, there was alot of dancers. I pretty much recognize dancers by their regalia, not by their faces or numbers. It wouldn't be a bad idea to have them do one Intertribal with only the finalist, before announcing the winners.

        I guess it's hard to change these things, once they get set in their ways, that's pretty much it. I've been told, on this board, that the whole thing is just for the dancers, the spectators don't count for much, sort of just taking up dancing room, and eating up all the vendor's food.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ok24stacey View Post
          I have to work hard to justify all that eating I do.....lol Thats my angle.

          I have been going to Red Earth for years and yea...this year the dancers were down by at least half. But with the combined categories and less payout I am not surprised.

          The dance off thing on Sunday was fun. I think the mood shifted some with that. I was really surprised to see the singers get out there! ROTF!
          Have you watched the video of that yet?

          <embed src="http://tv.powwows.com/nvplayer.swf?config=http://tv.powwows.com/nuevo/econfig.php?key=1d3195c879d115440ae4" width="470" height="380" wmode="transparent" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" /></embed>

          I have some more videos of that to upload too!
          New to the site--Introduce Yourself

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          • #6
            I can't watch it from work. :( But I will once I get home. Might want ya to cut a certain part of that out! jokes...... No, he did pretty good.....at least he got out there!

            I think thats a pretty standard way of announcing winners, gtbdave. At least most of the time I have seen it done. Some pws require them to be in full regalia, others don't. I think they announced they were gonna go a group shot of the winners in each category so I was surprised to see some of them not dressed. But I was also surprised to hear they handed out Visa cards instead of cash or checks, too. lol
            "To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible." ~St. Augustine

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            • #7
              Thank you for posting your experience at the Red Earth pow wow. I have attended the Standing Bear pow wow at Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, Ca. It is rated one feather so it is small. For me the small size of Standing Bear allows me to take in quite abit. I would be overwhelmed by the Red Earth. Where do you look?(smiles) I have looked at the video that was posted here by Paul G. The dancers, drummers, and singers are amazing and wonderful. I hope to make it to a large pow wow like Red Earth someday, socman. See you soon.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ihavenotbeennamed View Post
                Thank you for posting your experience at the Red Earth pow wow. I have attended the Standing Bear pow wow at Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, Ca. It is rated one feather so it is small. For me the small size of Standing Bear allows me to take in quite abit. I would be overwhelmed by the Red Earth. Where do you look?(smiles) I have looked at the video that was posted here by Paul G. The dancers, drummers, and singers are amazing and wonderful. I hope to make it to a large pow wow like Red Earth someday, socman. See you soon.
                I always wondered what is better: Large pow wow or small. Now I can see they all have their merits. I am equally pleased sitting in the arena at Red Earth, or sitting in a lawn chair outside at Stroud (OK). I think I'll try to catch ICOT this year in Tulsa, especially since it's going to be held really close to where my parents live, and I'll throw in some "little" ones as well. I probably can't make Red Earth next year (son's graduation), but I will definitely return some year soon.
                One more thing: WE NEED MORE POW WOWS IN TEXAS!!!
                "As through this world I've wandered, I've met lots of funny men. Some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen." -Woody Guthrie

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