The powwow

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The powwow

  1. 1. The Powwow <ul><li>A Native American Gathering </li></ul>
  2. 2. Powwow <ul><li>An event where family and friends gather to celebrate the seasonal renewal of life. </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s take a closer look! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s9z3IOpH1g </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. A long lived tradition <ul><li>Powwows provide Native Americans with a link to the past. </li></ul><ul><li>Most modern powwows are not exclusive to one tribe, but feature many tribes = intertribal. </li></ul><ul><li>It was also used as a religious ceremony to pray for a good hunt, and prosperous crops. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What happens at a Powwow? <ul><li>The ceremony is always held in a circle, which is a sacred shape to the indians. </li></ul><ul><li>The elders will bless the space, and smoke out bad spirits by burning tobacco or sage. </li></ul><ul><li>The Powwow always begins opens with a processional dance led by the men, then the woman, and lastly the children. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What happens at a Powwow? <ul><li>The dances are always accompanied by drumming and singing. </li></ul><ul><li>The music is can be recorded, but never written down. It is part of the tradition that you learn how to play it from your elders. </li></ul><ul><li>The singing is very free, and always in the native language. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Men’s Dances <ul><li>Men’s Traditional </li></ul><ul><li>Men’s Grass </li></ul><ul><li>Men’s Fancy </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4Y9tg-xx_U </li></ul>
  7. 7. Women’s Dances <ul><li>Woman’s Traditional </li></ul><ul><li>Woman’s Fancy </li></ul><ul><li>Woman’s Jingle </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWga6EO3HzA </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Singing <ul><li>The singing styles at Powwows are very unique. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Native Tongue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Vocables” = sounds that replace words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ex) “ya,” “hey,” “lio” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The dancers listen for ques in the singing to aid their dancing, while the drum simply keeps the steady beat. </li></ul></ul>

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