Pow Wow at Steinbourg (France)
The meaning of Pow Wow
The Pow Wow is a great celebration, where a lot of tribes will come together to dance, celebrate ceremonies like the "Give away", where the people share their gifts with others. Traditinal, Pow Wows will be celebrated today in the reservations too. In time before the native americans were locked up in reservations, the Pow Wow¦s were celebrated for a many days, because the dances nedds a lot of time and often, they were very hard. When the time of reservations started, many ceremonies, dances and rites were prohibited from the whites. Later, the whites saw, how nice the dances could entertain the whites, so they allowed the dances again. Often, the dances of the natives were demanded from the whites, and the natives couldn¦t understand why. Those dances were and are very holy and are not a method to enterain some people. Tribes, who had to rest in the reservations, had to decide, what they shall do with their dances. Only one possibilty remains for the natives, that they had to shorten all their dances, who they had to present. During this time, the danes becomes contest for most native americans. Some of those dances could be visited from other people, especially when you will be invited. Of course, music should not lack to dances, equal if its the traditional or showdance. The place where the dances take place, is normaly wooden. At top of the place, there is a half tent, made in teepeestyle for the singers and musicians where they sing and play their holy songs.
The Pow Wow in Steinbourg (France)
Every year happens a big Pow Wow where many people are gathering near Steinbourg. Lots of Indians, Cowboys, Trappers, Mountainmen, Soldiers and other guys are coming to this Pow Wow which is similar to the traditional Pow Wow of the Native Americans. If you think, there will happen a battle, you think in wrong way. All people are gathering there in a peaceful, friendly atmosphere. Like clothings, teepees, tents and lodges will be builded up in westernstyle. When the visitor walks through the camp, it seems, he would be in past times. In the afternoons, some of the people acts in shows like attack against the fort. During the nights, you can smell the smoke from the campfires and if some people are around their fireplaces, you can hear them singing and drumming. Near to the camp, there is a big tent for the visitors when they become hungry or in evening, a country-band is playing there. Most of the hobby-indians have to make clubs to be able to pay their hobby, the big tent for visitors, the place, where the Pow Wow happens every year and specially, invited native americans from the USA. Its sad, that most of these festivals gets bigger and bigger and you don¦t get a well oversight in organisation, so it causes less interesting in this hobby. But you shall not forget, some of the hobby-indians lives in deep contact to their hobby, equal if they wear their outfits or civil clothings. People who are strange to this hobby smiles about this, but they will not or can not look into the heeart of hobby-indians if they only wear outfits or their heart is red.
If you think and you are behave
like an native american, then you will be
a native for us, equal if you are
catholic, jewish, white, brown, green or blue.
Otherwise, if you are a fullblooded native american
but think like the whites, then you are not a
native american for us - that´s simple
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