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  • What's one thing that gets on your nerves when you're at a powwow?

    My answer. I really hate when people I don't know come up and start touching my regalia without asking. (pulling on my hair ties etc. etc.)


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    When I find out the hot NDN chick has a husband or a boyfriend!!!


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


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    • #3
      Originally posted by Joe's Dad View Post
      When I find out the hot NDN chick has a husband or a boyfriend!!!
      yeah I agree.......

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      • #4
        children. Ones running around crazy with no supervision. Nothing wrong with bringing your kids to the powwow, but please watch them. They run into things, touch things, knock things over while they are running around. I know they don't mean to, but as a parent, that is disrespectful to let your kids run around when there are so many sacred items around.

        Vendors selling bubblegum. Sure you can make a few bucks off the kids...but think about all the moccasins and such that get covered in the stuff.

        Vendors selling noise makers and crazy toys that fly and shoot off lol. Seen too many incidents happen with kids throwing toys around. I think powwow committees need to be more responsible when it comes to what items certain vendors can sell.
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        • #5
          Dogs....they rarely on a leash. Walking over peoples things and going out into the dance arena sniffing butts and all that.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by anishtradish View Post
            children. Ones running around crazy with no supervision. Nothing wrong with bringing your kids to the powwow, but please watch them. They run into things, touch things, knock things over while they are running around. I know they don't mean to, but as a parent, that is disrespectful to let your kids run around when there are so many sacred items around.

            .
            I've got a friend that's a vendor (not food or kids toys, he sells beads, feathers, stuff like that). When I moved to Minnesota, he gave me a run down of the powwows in ND/SD/MN/WI and which ones he won't set up at because of the kids.

            All the stuff that at said, and the constant mc announcements, "we've got a lost kid up here."

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            • #7
              My dislike


              I dislike that things are not explained to the general public as to customs, do's and do not's of what is allowed in the arena area.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by anishtradish View Post
                children. Ones running around crazy with no supervision. Nothing wrong with bringing your kids to the powwow, but please watch them. They run into things, touch things, knock things over while they are running around. I know they don't mean to, but as a parent, that is disrespectful to let your kids run around when there are so many sacred items around.
                Yeap, a friend of mine got her fan broken by a kid at a recent powwow.

                When people act like they got a press pass to go with their camera. I can understand leaping up to snap a shot or two of your relatives competing. But, there are these folks who bring a tripod and a few terrabytes worth of memory cards then stand up in front of you through all the contests. There a more than a few venues where this is so bad that you can't see the powwow from the proverbial cheap seats, because of the all the amateur Steven Spielberg's.

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                • #9
                  I get stuck in the same situation at almost every powwow I run sound at. The vendors complain that it is too loud and the dancers complain that it is too quiet.


                  Faders up, Faders down?

                  Vendors or Dancers?

                  Who shall I tick off more??????

                  Now we look at the facts: When playing powwow poker, a pair of dancers beats a full house of vendors!

                  Faders UP!
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ugidali View Post
                    What's one thing that gets on your nerves when you're at a powwow?
                    I disdain the folks who believe that because they are at a powwow or attend them, regularly, that it "makes" them Indian. (We all know who they are...)

                    You either are -- or, are not -- Native BEFORE you arrive and AFTER you leave. Powwows are just a thing. Especially the corporate ones.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Zeke View Post
                      I disdain the folks who believe that because they are at a powwow or attend them, regularly, that it "makes" them Indian. (We all know who they are...)

                      You either are -- or, are not -- Native BEFORE you arrive and AFTER you leave. Powwows are just a thing. Especially the corporate ones.
                      um...I agree. Actually Zeke, I didn't know you felt that way.

                      I also dislike poor organization such as a 10 pm handout of the honouriums with the expectation that my kids will be dressed and ready...sorry they are in the van; asleep!...supper was 4 hours ago, after the dancing ended, they didn't last much longer then that.

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                      • #12
                        Gotta add one more to the list.....


                        People bringing their chairs into the ring setting up in front of all the exits. I know everyone likes to have ring side seats, but as a dancer, it gets annoying having to walk half way around the ring and try to step passed all the chairs and sun screens and strollers and things. Especially for those of us wearing bustles, trying to get through tight spaces.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by anishtradish View Post
                          Gotta add one more to the list.....


                          People bringing their chairs into the ring setting up in front of all the exits. I know everyone likes to have ring side seats, but as a dancer, it gets annoying having to walk half way around the ring and try to step passed all the chairs and sun screens and strollers and things. Especially for those of us wearing bustles, trying to get through tight spaces.
                          Those canopies can be very annoying as well. At some some powwows, only somebody 7 feet tall can watch the dances. There should be a little more free space around the circle.

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                          • #14
                            Somebody coming up and asking "may I take a picture of your pretty costume?". This just happended past year too me, I was heading for grand entry and some white woman came up and just started pulling on my jingles on my dress which freaked me out and I got really upset.

                            And then kids running around and there parents not watching them. Also, the do's and don'ts not being explained at a pow wow.

                            The canopy's can also be very annoying, there always around the circle so you have to sit behind all of them and can't see anything in the circle!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Joe G View Post
                              Those canopies can be very annoying as well. At some some powwows, only somebody 7 feet tall can watch the dances. There should be a little more free space around the circle.
                              I've been to a few powwows where you could drop the rope around the circle and let the canopies form the circle. I have had people who set up canopies, move my speakers, unplug them, ask for them to be moved, and a host of other things.

                              Sorry my speaker is in your way. It was here long before you set your canopy up. It's not my fault you made the decision to set up at that point at the edge of the circle.

                              Move your canopy and quityourbellyachin! If this was a concert, security would have tossed you out the gate!
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