Llanelli Star

Charming Dispatch From a Globetrekking Welsh Reporter Taking in a Pow Wow for the First Time

A short travel piece appeared today in the Llanelli Star, a Welsh newspaper, titled "Pow Wow Fun Was a Privilege to Be a Part of." The charming missive has some useful pow wow etiquette tips, even.

THIS weekend was spent at a pow wow in Pasadena, California.

We arrived a bit late, and the first thing I heard as I stepped out of the minibus was the sound of Native drums — it was such a powerful noise!

There are certain rules that you need to abide by during the pow wow — do not cross the dance circle, do not take photos unless given permission to, and you can only join in the dances if you are specifically asked or if it is an open, social dance.

Also, the clothes the dancers wear are called regalia, and not costumes.

There was a memorial time and dance for an influential Native American Christian leader called Richard Twiss, who died in February.

This was very moving, especially listening to some of the testimonials about him.

I joined in one of the social dances as a Hopi man called Eddie invited myself and some of the other DTS girls to get involved. It was a lot of fun but my legs hurt by the end of it!

There were a lot of vendors at the pow wow — one of whom sold hair feathers, and designs them for Dog the Bounty Hunter.

I bought myself a hand drum, which looks a lot like an Irish bodhran drum except it has a longer stick.

Despite having a stomach bug while there, I had a really good time.

The regalia and dances were beautiful, there were Native peoples there from North and South America, and it was a privilege to be able to participate in such an incredible event.

To see the full article, with photos, click here.


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