Some of the excitement of attending a PowWow is the exceptional costumes {regalia} created for these events. This is a time consuming process, which may take months of painstaking work. The following links will let you take a closer look at the tradition, craftsmanship, and dedication of the Native American people.

Opening Ceremonies This is the elders leading the opening march. The ceremony ground is blessed, then the procession of dancers are lead by the elders in a continual circle, until all the dancers are on the blessed ground. Depending on the number of dancers, this may take 30 minutes to an hour.

Fancy Dancer As you can see, the regalia of the fancy dancer is highly colorful. The use of feathers and beads, adorne the majority of the Native American regalia.

Hoop Dancer Although the colorful regalia draws many a visitor, the dancers draw just as many. Past down from generation to generation, the dances come alive at the expert hands of these dancers.

Bead Work These intricate designs are all handcrafted from individual beads.

Beaded Deer Look closely at the beadwork and imagine the time and effort that is put into this regalia.

Beaded Eagle Another example of the artistic abilities of the Native American.

Feathers Many types of feathers are used in the regalia. Only Native Americans are allowed to have eagle feathers in their possession.

Paint Along with beads and feathers, paint is used as decoration. The paints are usually made from colored soils and plants.

I hope that you find these photos as fasinating as I. And if you ever get the chance to visit a PowWow, by all means, do so. Not only will you have a great time, but you will learn of the traditions and spirit of the American Indian.

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