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    After reading some of the discussions as of late, I figured I'd start a thread to talk about the issue of carding at pow wows. What is the point? Why is it done? Does it accomplish its intended goal(s)...whatever they may be?

    Personally, I think its silly. I know a lot of the pow wows here in North Carolina card, and to me that's hilarious as there's only one federally recognized tribe. There are even a few groups who aren't even state recognized that card at their pow wows...??

    And that brings up another point? Which cards are acceptable? Federal only? State and federal? What? And who knows what is what? I sure wouldn't know if I was at the registration booth.

    I guess I think its silly because there isn't a set tribal enrollment standard, but each tribe decides its own membership. Some tribes are very strict and have high blood quantum standards such as 1/2 or must have a certain parent be on the roll such as mother must be enrolled...if father is 4/4 and mom is none then you're out of luck with that tribe. Then, other tribes don't go by blood quantum (Cherokee Nation)...and some tribes don't even use blood quantums at all (Lumbees and Haliwa-Saponis - or so I've been told by several of their tribal members). So, you see, there are gaps in tribal enrollment.

    Ok, start the arguments.
    I think everyone on this rez is addicted to Harry Potter...lol...

  • #2
    Personally I agree. There is no point to it.
    Don't ever stop dancing

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    • #3
      yea what is the point - then what happens when a canadian comes down to dance? we dont have tribal cards per say (ones that say we are Cree or Stoney or what have you - just a certificate of indian status issued from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. we can't dance becuz we're not a federally (USA) recognized tribe?

      i just know round these parts - they don't "card" - we just let everyone dance - registered or not. any everyone does - we don't really have that many "full" white people coming out and dancing. just a couple - that one older white man who wears this white cotton outfit and a hat with earrings dangling from it (havn't seen him for awhile). and two other guys who dance traditional and one just started prairie chicken - they mostly just dance at onion lake first nation pow wow.
      Watch your broken dreams...
      Dance in and out of the beams of a neon moon

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      • #4
        i am not sure there are going to be any arguments, i mean really it is silly. and i had not even thought of the nadian indians. i would be outraged if some of them were turned away for such a silly reason. i guess that shows my ignorance i did not even know that there were powwows that card like that, i mean i know there are closed and open but whatever my lunch is bout over. i will be checking back however to see if any one sees this differently good thread
        A LABYRINTH OF FINGERS POINTING BLAME

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        • #5
          Maybe they're giving out those special wrist bands for the beer tent?

          No not really.
          Big Pauly, Anishinaabe Ogitchidaa Aanikoominodewiwin

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          • #6
            my thougt on the subjet

            o.k. so some view powwowz as traditional. or as a time for gathering with relativs and gracing the powwow grounds with prayer beforehand. Ealge feathers are prsent and sage and sweetgrass.

            so think about this;

            would someoen be carded at a sweatlodge or sundance or switchdances or brushdances or stompdances?

            i'm egsagerating to make my point but yea why card at events where we're all indn anywy?

            Do the tribes get a cut in the powwowz profits or something
            Don't cha wish your girlfriend was HOT like me?

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            • #7
              good point. they dam sho don't card at gourd dances. Well not any that I have been too.
              bucwild2012

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              • #8
                Originally posted by suthernwaterbird
                they dam sho don't card at gourd dances. Well not any that I have been too.
                suthern,


                Come witness the Kiowa Gourd Clan ceremonies July 2,3,4.

                "If you aren't Indian you don't dance."

                There are many lessons to be learned at this ceremonial as this dance is treated with reverence.
                Powwows will continue to evolve in many directions. It is inevitable.

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                • #9
                  It's bad enough that they card me at U.S. /Canada customs.

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                  • #10
                    This is an issue that causes a lot of arguments around here. Maybe, just maybe, they do that to keep the hobbyist out. I don't know, just a thought.
                    Through the good times and bad times, always pray.

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                    • #11
                      yea i've known canadians that weren't allowed to dance cuz they didn't accept their "status card" as tribal id. cuz the committee said it didn't have their tribe stated on it.

                      why don't they want the hobbyists dancing? - forgive me but you know it's true - a hobbyist is never going to place at a competition pow wow and probably never will ...
                      Watch your broken dreams...
                      Dance in and out of the beams of a neon moon

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by chazziff
                        yea i've known canadians that weren't allowed to dance cuz they didn't accept their "status card" as tribal id. cuz the committee said it didn't have their tribe stated on it.

                        why don't they want the hobbyists dancing? - forgive me but you know it's true - a hobbyist is never going to place at a competition pow wow and probably never will ...
                        I tend to agree, and its horrible that Canadian Indians weren't allowed because of something as stupid as that!! I don't understand the "keeping people out" mentality either. Not very hospitable. But that's a different thread.

                        DANCINGEAGLE - you're Chickahominy...now, you guys aren't a federal tribe...do you card at your pow wows?

                        A big problem with this carding thing is who's card do you accept? What about these fake tribes who all have cards like the Cheroke Wolf Clan (Tennessee) and the Cherokee Wolf Band of Oregon? People always bash hobbyists...I have no problem with them per se...but I have a huge problem with these pretend tribes...but they have cards...see my point?
                        I think everyone on this rez is addicted to Harry Potter...lol...

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                        • #13
                          nae, party at my tent. lol. good to see a shnob from round me.
                          Originally posted by ajibik
                          Maybe they're giving out those special wrist bands for the beer tent?

                          No not really.
                          A LABYRINTH OF FINGERS POINTING BLAME

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                          • #14
                            point well made.
                            cut what cut i want some of that action
                            Originally posted by oh^wise^woman
                            o.k. so some view powwowz as traditional. or as a time for gathering with relativs and gracing the powwow grounds with prayer beforehand. Ealge feathers are prsent and sage and sweetgrass.

                            so think about this;

                            would someoen be carded at a sweatlodge or sundance or switchdances or brushdances or stompdances?

                            i'm egsagerating to make my point but yea why card at events where we're all indn anywy?

                            Do the tribes get a cut in the powwowz profits or something
                            Last edited by Migiziwomen; 03-01-2006, 12:33 PM.
                            A LABYRINTH OF FINGERS POINTING BLAME

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                            • #15
                              Wow, I would have a hissy fit if I were EVER carded! I know Denver March requires such, what other powwows are this picky? While I agree that a hobbyist will probably not win at any contest powwow, how would you feel losing out to one? I'm sure (after reading a couple of posts from a tiny population of people on powwows.com, who totally rely on powwow winnings for income;) that would piss this population of people off. I think the issue is that some of these powwow committees have a hard time telling hobbyist from the real deal sometimes, and are trying to put some rules into place to avoid problems and conflict. I think the real problem is that many people are more than one, two, three tribes and don't have the blood quantum requirement for enrollment in one. I would hope that committees are able to make exceptions in these cases???
                              Last edited by WocusWoman; 03-01-2006, 12:49 PM.

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