I try to get to the Pow Wow every few years. This year's Pow Wow runs from July 3 through July 5. I have not been for 3 or 4 years now because of Dad's health in his last few years. I was pleasantly surprised at how much more organized this has become in just these few years away. Parking was tough and I hope they are able to add more parking in the coming years. They have added more local native American crafters and food vendors - which made me happy. While I loved the crafts from South America and the food from the mid-West, I feel that with the current economy here in MA, helping the local artists and tribal members is especially important (okay enough of that or this will turn into a post that should go onto my other blog!)
I got some good pictures - although I had to do some cropping to get the crowd out of some of the pictures.
I saw this young man standing in the shade in the crowd talking with some friends and I asked if I could take a close up picture of his bustle. He was surprised but very accommodating. I am sure he had some words to say to his friends about this white woman . . .
Teen Men Fancy Dancer
While wandering through the vendors, we came upon this young woman doing weaving in the shade of one of the trees (tempatures were high so space in the shade was at a premium).
As she was in front of the Ecuadorian tent I suspect she is from there.
Here is a short clip of the Veterans Dance. The men and women veterans are highly respected and all dance - even those not competing and not in full regalia. The music is live - there were at least eight different drum circle drummers and inter-tribal singers.