Author: Ruth Swaney

Excuse Me, That’s My Beadwork!

We've heard the story time and time again in Indian country: Stolen beadwork, stolen eagle feathers, even entire outfits stolen. Since my family just had this unfortunate experience, it must be a sign to talk about it. In the old days, my tribes' warriors sometimes took the clothing and weapons...

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White Men Can’t Dance?

Last summer at one of the many powwows I attended, a lady entered the Golden Age contest category and placed. I am acquainted with her and I didn’t think anything of it. Then some people started commenting negatively about it. The reason? She’s not Indian—or more correctly, it was assumed...

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The Ultimate Powwow Pony

Remember the movie “Powwow Highway?”  My favorite part was the beginning when Philbert got his new pony.  We can all relate to those ponies because we grew up with them and they are still chugging around today, all rust and mismatched tires. I’m a car enthusiast.  That’s a polite way...

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I Remember Pow Wows…Remember When…

 As I approach my 53rd birthday near the end of this year, I’ve been reflecting that I’m really not THAT old, but sometimes I think I am, particularly when I think of how much things have changed in the powwow world. A few decades ago, powwows were becoming somewhat of...

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Dedicated to Moms Everywhere

This blog is dedicated to all Moms everywhere. Right now, go look in a mirror and say, “Ho-lah, you are BEAUTIFUL and AWESOME!” Now go tell your Mom, or call her (texting, Facebooking, or Tweeting doesn’t count), and tell her how beautiful and awesome she is. And if she has...

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Welcome to Fantasy Powwow

We’ve just returned from the He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate in Rapid City, South Dakota.  It was a 1500 mile roundtrip for me but well worth the time spent with my grandsons (who live a few hundred miles away), daughter, and other powwow friends. I’d been thinking about my next...

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In the Powwow Off-Season

Summer is officially over and that means the end of my powwow season because the kids are back in school.  By fall I start thinking about repairing regalia, starting new beadwork, checking on hide tanners after the start of hunting season, and scouting for end of the season bargains on...

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4 Tips for Eating Well at Pow Wows

As a mom of two and a grandmother of four, it’s an eternal challenge to eat reasonably at powwows! Especially when you’re not camping with a full kitchen for all the cooking.  First there’s the nutritional and healthy challenge.  Next there’s the financial challenge.  And then there’s the time and...

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Free Email Series: What to Expect at Your First Pow Wow