Powwow Etiquette Tips for First Time Pow Wow Visitors
Pow Wow Etiquette has been handed down to know these things as children when we went to the pow wows and it was always explained that , if we had nonnative friends tagging along, these where the 4 most important rules of the trip.
Today, even though it is told at some of the pow wows in the address to the public, some don’t pay attention to what’s going on because of the excitement of being at their first pow wow.
Here are my top tips for your first time at a Pow Wow.
- Always stand respectfully during special songs. These include the Grand Entry, Flag Songs, Veteran’s Songs or any other song that the emcee designates. During these songs, men should remove their hats.
- Pointing with the fingers is considered poor manners by some tribes. If you must point, use your head and nod in the direction you wish to indicate.
- Ask permission before taking photos of dancers in regalia. If the photo is for publication or commercial use, this should be explained before the photo is taken.
- The correct term for a dancer’s outfit is regalia, not costume. Never touch a dancer’s regalia. Many of the ornaments have religious meaning and are cherished family heirlooms.
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