What a glorious event. I first want to thank the clouds and the wind for keeping the skies clear. I had a previous schedule shoot and did not make it up to Harlem until after 3:30pm -4:00pm, I did not want to lose resting the Sun and its light behind the tall buildings. By the time I found the location, I could not ask for a better time to be there. The performers were just preparing to dance during the "pow-wow" for the celebrative Indigenous Peoples Day Festival at Randalls Island in New York on October 11, 2015. The festival is held as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and is to promote Native American culture and history.
A day of ceremony, music, songs, and spoken word from indigenous artists, educators, and speakers from around the globe. The Redhawk Native American Arts Council partnered with the United Federation of Taino Federation and the American Indian Community House to host the monumental event in aim to rethink the celebration of Columbus Day and what it represents to indigenous peoples, by turning it into a day of positive and powerful inspiration, to celebrate the survival and resistance of 500 years of oppression and colonization.
A powwow, also termed as pow-wow or powwow is a community meeting held by a lot of varied Native American societies. This word is a derivative of Narragansett term powwaw which means ‘spiritual leader.’ A meeting which is the same is usually held in the fall by California Native Peoples, referred to as Big Time.
A contemporary pow wow is a particular kind of function for people of Native American or First Nations, to gather and sing, dance, interact and pay cultural tribute. Pow wows might be either public or private. In general, there is a dancing contest between artists normally with important cash prize awarded. The length of Powwows varies from an event of one day to big powwows held for a particular event that can last up to one week.
In famous tradition like ancient Western movies, the expression has been utilized also by non-Natives to refer to any meeting of Native American or describe any kind of gathering among non-Natives like military personnel. However, using such is normally regarded as disrespecting Native individuals.
History of Powwow
It is not precisely known how Powwow started; however, it is believed to have started from the Pawnee tribe as a spiritual ceremonial gathering full of dancing and other practices.
Other Indian tribes took up the powwow practice and included their personal traditions. Indians held these rituals to observe a victorious hunt and to give appreciation to the spirits for a huge harvest. Powwows also prepared a warrior spiritually for an imminent war.
Native Americans strongly believed in everything which was alive and spiritual and regarded existence and death as an unavoidable circle. A number of the powwow ceremonies they carried out feted this circle using dance, tribal drums which triggered vibrations in the air, chanting, food and cultural curing rituals. They engaged in performing arts, reenacting old tales inherited via the generations with the use of imagery; this kept their background alive.
Nowadays, the tradition of powwow still exists. It normally focuses on the altering seasons; you can come across powwow ceremonies situated close to regions with a huge number of Native American tribes. Apart from this, there are some educational lessons of the culture of Native American.
This presents an experience similar to a festival; the powwow has the cultural dances also, as a number of religious ceremonies re-enacted for the overall public. You can also come across food products, arts and crafts and other Native American wares being sold. Honoring the ancestors is also part of this great ceremony.
In the ancient days, the powwow was particular about tribe and women were not permitted to actively take part. But as the figure of Native Americans has declined, varied tribes normally work jointly to hold a powwow to share in one another’s heritage; not just among themselves but the overall public also. Additionally, Indian women are currently accepted as a section of the powwow culture and this has now turned into a family day.
Kauai Powwow Council
The establishment of Kauai Powwow Council was to present a cultural function and a Native American Powwow which was traditional, for the Kauai society. The Articles of Association were filed in 1998 and status was granted to the association as a Cultural and Educational Non-Profit Organization (50103).
It focuses on presenting Native American learning outreach to kids with particular emphasis on traditional exchange between the cultures of Polynesian and Native American. In this regard, every year they present Kauai Island with a cultural powwow in Kapaa town.
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