Craving A Pow Wow? Watch This Pow Wow Footage! – 2005 Pow Wow Documentary

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown February 7th, 2016 Last Updated on: August 14th, 2016

This 2005 documentary from Blackbird Productions takes us to a pow wow in northern Saskatchewan. There's loads of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews along with the dances, drumming and singing we all love.

Here's a bit more about the documentary's synopsis below:

Alvin Manitopyes explains the powwow's evolution from the age of the buffalo hunt and warrior societies to the more social event it is today. Thomas Christian discusses the discipline dancers must bring to the art form and the storytelling that goes along with it. Sheldon “Laughing Horse” Sutherland points out the subtle and countless ways performers express their personal style. Linda Standing, Cecile Nepoose and Charles Rabbitskin explain the spiritual significance of the exquisite handcrafted regalia. Intercut with the powwow's hypnotic whir of movement, colour and sound, these individuals and others share their personal reasons for taking part in this ancient tradition and its enormous impact on their identity.

Watch it in full below!

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Denise Goins

Thank you for sharing some of your customs with me. I hear the drum beat & think of Mother Earth’s heart beating.
I was once privileged to attend a Powwow and felt the drum beat through the ground up inside of me. It was incredible! I don’t have the words to describe all of the feelings it stirred up in my heart: Pride, a sense of fullness and of home and so much more. At the time, I wasn’t sure what feeling these things meant and, to be honest, still haven’t figured it all out.
I was raised with the information that my great-grandmother was a Cherokee, but I am a White woman, raised as a White woman. Perhaps the confusion I still feel is because of this fact? Despite being told about her Great-grandmother Laura died when my father was a baby, so I don’t know much about her.
I hope this does not offend anyone because of my race and culture. That is not my intention. Rather I am merely trying to be honest about my first experience at a Powwow.

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