My Day at the Pow-wow!
Sunday, August 18, 2013
It was the most most Beautiful weather for the Pow-wow and i headed out so i could get there early! Its good to do so to get a chance to look at the Venders selling Hand made things supplies to make things and of course any one that goes has to have the fry Bread and i didnt just have one ,i had two! I tryed two different places and the local one was the best but i never had a bad one in all my years of going.. The winner tho was a little thicker and had crunchy edges of goodness! I got a place in the shade in the second row! Ive been there for yrs in the same spot.You get to see the dancers in every stage from getting ready to all the different types of regalia for the different dances! There are Grass dancers , Jingle dress dancers fancy shawl dancers and Traditional Mens and Women dancers for the not so limber and fast and fancy dances for the younger group! When they come in to the arena they honor the veterans and all Carry the staffs and flags! There is only one lady i know of who has ever had the Honor of carrying a staff with a eagle head on it ! ( How they received the head was from a eagle who perished in a Winter storm and was frozen in Lake Michigan and they went and cut the block of ice out and decided that it should be for the first womens staff, a big honor and they picked a well known women who was in the Air force yrs a go to carry and keep this staff !She is a woman of respect and well loved by her tribe members in the Grand Traverse tribe of Indians! There was the smell of camp fires from campers fires and also the smell of sage in the air always. It started at 1200 ended at 400 for dinner and resumed At 700 - 900 and the next day it went on until 400 that day! I left at 400 and headed home feeling blessed and Happy i got to see the same dancers and the natives are so welcoming and helpful! I admire how good they are to the elders they have a special area to sit and are always honored and treated in a loving way! I love how they do that for them! Theres some very old or disabled who go in once atleast and some with crutches and wheel chairs make it around !They must all be tired at the end of the week end and some traveled from far off places and other tribes come from other states and canada! its all about honoring those who have gone , those who have fought for us and Healing to all who come,! Last year an Eagle flew around the pow-wow arena when it was going on and it happened this year again, I never seen any thing more Beautiful, two years in a row is amazing! Im thinking the Creator was watching for sure! For those who never had the chance to go , go it is Great and i have kept the memories of the natives in my mind year after year watching them as they age and change from one dance to another as they are able and watching the families get bigger and what great dancers they have become! I went around once with a friend i know when they had the inter tribal dance and it feels healing and wonderful! Just thought id share! I have a few pictures in my Gallery if you wanna see. Blessings and Luv, Bonnie