Thursday, June 10, 2010

Paiute Snow Mountain Pow Wow

A Pow Wow is a ceremony where Native Americans gather together to join in dancing, singing, visiting, and reviving old friendships and making new ones. It's also a time to renew the old ways, preserving the rich heritage of Native Americans.

The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe put on the 21st annual Pow Wow over Memorial Day weekend and we were lucky enough to have a chance to attend. It was indeed a fantastic experience.

The Las Vegas Paiute reservation consists of 3,800 acres located twenty miles northwest of Central Las Vegas.

Dancing is a big part of any Pow Wow.

Many of today's dances are social and may have had different meanings in the past.

Dance styles and content has changed through the years but their meaning and inportance has not. The outfits worn today have also evolved over time.

Dance categories range from Tiny Tots, to Juniors, to Teens, to Adults, and Golden Age.

There are separate divisions for men and women and a vast number of categories including Fancy Shawl, Jingle, Grass, Traditional, Fancy Bustle, and even a Chicken Dance.

decorative beadwork

Yes there was a wooden Native American statue.

*What's a Pow Wow?

*Pow Wow Etiquette


1 comment:

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This is a great event and a kind of big feast and fiesta. This kind of gathering and congregation is very beautiful and attractive with all the beautiful and colorful people.