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    I have read complaints from people about how a certain committee or headstaff did this or did that.

    I think if you are hosting a powwow in a region that has strong beliefs about how a powwow should be conducted. Then it would be better for committees to pick key headstaff from their own region or community. Especially the A.D. position.

    Now concerning the head judge, it might be better to not get a local. Maybe a non-local head judge will pick judges more fairly.

    What do you all think?

  • #2
    That makes sense...

    As I said that makes sence ,and ive seen way tooo many times people walking away after a contest saying thatnks Cuz!Ive even seen other dancers sitting back and guessing who would place and who wouldnt and even the places just going by who is judging, I know it is not like that every where but I have seen it for myself .I have had family members who were asked to judge and if they have a relative contesting they ask not to jude that dance and they pick a person who they think would do a good job and fairly or have the comm do it. At one dance I was asked to judge the princess contest then I found out my niece was going for it so I had thanked the comm for asking me then said I could not and the reason why. She got it and I knew she would and wanted no part of people saying she got it cause I as her Aunti.
    I got a fevah! And the only cure is more cowbell!!!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by kiyaanii mom
      I have read complaints from people about how a certain committee or headstaff did this or did that.

      I think if you are hosting a powwow in a region that has strong beliefs about how a powwow should be conducted. Then it would be better for committees to pick key headstaff from their own region or community. Especially the A.D. position.

      Now concerning the head judge, it might be better to not get a local. Maybe a non-local head judge will pick judges more fairly.

      What do you all think?

      Kiyaanii,

      The best case scenario (aye*) would be to hire an arena director who is familiar with many regional protocols, knows both contemporary and traditional powwow ways and MOST IMPORTANTLY is able to fulfill the wishes of the committee - by following directions.

      For a head judge . . . *L it's a no-win-situation. There are consequences to both a local head judge and nonlocal head judge. It also depends on the individual on how fair he/she is in his/her decision making process. On this one, just remember people will talk no' matta' what the outcome!

      I know you didn't ask about emcees', but at least hire one that doesn't "butcher" the local last name's of all the winners!
      Last edited by WhoMe; 03-23-2006, 12:22 PM.
      Powwows will continue to evolve in many directions. It is inevitable.

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      • #4
        Outside Head Staff

        I think... Our tribal gatherings have always been conducted by our own local people,but we have brought in people that don't live on our rez but that are knowledgeable in our ways that are the same,religiously,socially and culturally. Plus they have relatives that are from our rez,so that makes it a more comfortable feeling. Some of our own people don't even travel out to other pow-wows and see how they are ran and how the floorman get things situated,and I as a traveler,see the lack when it comes to our our own dance. But I as a outside MC,really have to listen to the hosting people and their elders and how they do their ceremonies or customs. It can be tough when you overlook things and then you catch your first @$$ chewin' from the host committee or the local drums. But it does help to know who you are working for.

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        • #5
          Appreciate it L.P..... Are you guys planning on being around for Baltimore, or is it the same weekend as Crow Fair...?

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          • #6
            I don't have Butch McIntoshs' contact info but you might be able to get ahold of him through Tully Choate, who also is a member of the Broken Arrow Color guard. You can contact him at 1004 West Delmar, Broken Arrow, OK 74012

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            • #7
              Curtis ^^^^ needs to go.


              Why must I feel like that..why must I chase the cat?


              "When I was young man I did some dumb things and the elders would talk to me. Sometimes I listened. Time went by and as I looked around...I was the elder".

              Mr. Rossie Freeman

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              • #8
                I live on the east coast and this past weekend was invited to be head judge on the west coast. I did my best to find experienced dancers to judge each session of contests. I was directed by the committee to find a set of northern and southern judges for each session as northern contests would be judged by northern judges and vice versa. I also was requested to find qualified judges for the hand drum and 49 contests.

                In picking my judges I took into consideration:

                1. Each judges knowledge of powwow dancing and singing of the category they were going to be judging.
                2. Powwow experience who have traveled to other powwows.
                3. An assortment of judges from different tribes.
                4. An assortment of visiting judges from different regions.
                5. A sprinkling of a few local judges.
                6. Judges with no immediate relatives in the contests (with few exceptions who bowed out when a relative was dancing).
                7. Judges who I consider honest.

                I also had two alternate judges in the hole ready to go at a moments notice.

                I asked my judges the day before if they would help me out. Once they accepted I wrote their names down. I gave my list to the emcees for them to announce the next day after grand entry in case there was any problems with my judges - from the contestants. (There weren't).

                The powwow ran smooth and there were no complaints that were brought to my or the powwow committees attention!
                Powwows will continue to evolve in many directions. It is inevitable.

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