While there’s no set list of rules for attending powwows, there are some common sense guidelines that can make everyone’s visit to one a better experience.
At Indian Country Today Media Network, Alysa Landry reports on 10 things to keep in mind both in and out of the powwow arena – starting with the advice to dress moderately.
It is not appropriate to wear hats, swimsuits, extremely short skirts or shorts or halter tops. Do not wear T-shirts or other items of clothing with profanity or inappropriate slogans.
If you plan to participate in dances that are open to the public, keep in mind that some tribes require women to wear a shawl or cover their shoulders.
Powwow grounds are blessed beforehand, and should be considered sacred places, Landry reports.
It’s like going to a church,” Leonard Anthony, a Navajo gourd dancer and master of ceremonies, told her. “If you’re going to a powwow, you need to honor where the dances came from, the traditions and story behind them.”
There are also many guidelines to be aware of for taking photographs, Landry reported.
- Vince Devlin