Wow! I had never seen the regalia, heard the drums, or smelled the fragrant aroma of burning sage, sweetgrass, and lavender, or felt the true closeness of the Native American Heritage as I was able to do with my children at this wonderful event. Where in the world could you expect to find all of these things, and then some? I am forever thankful for my friend and neighbor, who without her, we would not have known about the pow wow.
The children were in awe (as was their father and I) at the rituals, the invocations, and the dancing. The drums really made you feel alive inside. The Native American singing was beautiful and the kindred spirit everyone seemed to share was entirely surreal. Once we arrived back home, my neighbor and I were discussing the day, and she brought something to my attention. Trust. Nearly everywhere you looked, people had cell phones or other recording devices. In my neck of the woods, you wouldn't dare set anything down that you wanted to keep. But the Pow Wow was different. People would leave their chairs, their phones, and I even seen a set of keys being left behind while the attendees visited the vendors who were there selling their goods. Likewise, the vendors seemed to be unaffected by the number of people walking through their booths, inspecting the goods they had to offer, or by the children who seemed to wander aimlessly through.
Amidst the aroma of burning herbs, the enticing aroma of frybread (a Native recipe, which varies among different tribal nations) was certainly enough to make any dieter change their eating habits for the day!
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Until next time,