The Powwow: a gathering of nations
The powwow has become one of the most visual and dynamic icons of the American Indian culture today. Deeply rooted in ancient history, the powwow traditions, ceremonies and songs continue much in the same way as they did in the past. The powwow is a unifying force as it celebrates being Indian but just as importantly, it reaffirms individual tribal identity. For the first Americans, the tradition of gathering together in celebration is an ancient as the seasons. The thaw of the snow signaled a time of renewed life - a time to celebrate survival of the long winter and to celebrate the harvest or hunt to come. These traditional spring gatherings were important both politically and socially. Many of the same traditions continue at powwows today. For American Indians, the powwow of today is a place for praying, singing and dancing - a place to celebrate who they are and enjoy the traditions of their culture. For the spectator, the gathering is a place of warm welcomes, encouraged participation and new understandings.
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Brumley, Dana H., "The Powwow: a gathering of nations" (2000). HIM 1990-2015. 182.