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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
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RONNIEHUEY 9/8/2013 3:04PM

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PICKIE98 9/8/2013 9:54AM

    We always went ot the Pow Wow in Oscoda. It did not stop in the middle though.. it lasts three days. I just got back form the Soo, visiting with Cecil, Tribal Elder there at the Cultural Center. Very nice man. Visited our native American friend who is an artist there. Miss getting to the Pow Wows though.

Also spent a day at the Ojibwa Museum in St. Ignace. Made friends with worker there, Rob. Hoping to get him hooked up with my artist friend as an apprentice quill artist.

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 8/21/2013 3:42AM

    I have to say I'm envious, I would have loved to have been there. I love watching Grass dancing and there is nothing more colourful or energetic than a really good shawl dancer.

Glad you had such a great time

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SUSIEPH1 8/19/2013 6:01PM

    Hi Bonnie ! . Loved your blog .. Will check out your pics ... Glad all went well .. I would have loved to have experienced this ..
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LEEWORD 8/19/2013 11:40AM

    Thank you for sharing your vivid memories. It made me feel as though I had been there and shared in the healing experience.

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PATTIE441 8/19/2013 7:36AM

    That is so awesome girl! I was definitely with you in spirit! Woo Hoo! Great blog! You are really rockin it girl! Way to go!!!!! Your pics are fabulous!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NISSANGIRL 8/19/2013 7:04AM

    What a wonderful way to spend the day Bonnie!!! this story was beautiful!! thanks for sharing it with us! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 8/19/2013 6:05AM

    I used to go to the Pow Wows when I lived in the northeastern part of the country - WASHINGTON AND OREGON - never hear of them here in WV. It sounds like you had a fun time - I hope that your day today is terrific.

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IDLETYME 8/18/2013 6:41PM

    Terrific blog and what a wonderful experience you had. Thank you for sharing it with us. I loved hearing about the Eagle flying over. I'll look for your pictures!
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BONOLICIOUS2 8/18/2013 6:40PM

    Wow, this sounds awesome! I wish we had events like this where I live! Sounds like a great time!

Hope you have a great week!

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LIVINGFREE19 8/18/2013 6:35PM

    That is great that you got to go, and got something good to eat, and had a fun time, how wonderful!

I hope you are doing well, and I hope you have a great week!

Big (((HUGS))

~Denise

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