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Happy New Powwow Year! Great Inspiration for 2015 Powwow Season!

Posted By PowWows.com March 16th, 2015 Last Updated on: March 16th, 2015

Life is a powwow...Make a Grand Entry!  (graphic by Harley Upton)

Life is a powwow…Make a Grand Entry!
(graphic by Harley Upton)

by Dawn Karima, Native American Culture Editor

Many thanks to Harley Upton for his dynamic graphics!

Many thanks to Harley Upton for his dynamic graphics!

As powwow season begins once again, it is a time of renewal and refreshing. A time to meet new friends, to fellowship with family, to share in dances and songs that strengthen us as Native People. Here are five powerful insights into Powwow life that will start your powwow season in a good way!

*** DANCING: “To dance is to pray, to pray is to heal, to heal is to give, to give is to live, to live is to dance.”–“Why We Dance” by MariJo Moore (Cherokee)

(graphic by Harley Upton)

(graphic by Harley Upton)

***SINGING:

“We had no churches, no religious organization, no sabbath days, no holidays, and yet we worshiped. Sometimes the whole tribe would assemble and sing and pray: some times a smaller number, perhaps only two or three. The songs had a few words, but were not formal. The singer would occasionally put in such words as he wished instead of the usual tone sound. Sometimes we prayed in silence; sometimes each prayed aloud; sometimes an aged person prayed for all of us. At other times one would rise and speak to us of our duties to each other and to Usen. Our services were short.”

– Geronimo (Goyathlay), Chiricahua Apache

(graphic by Harley Upton Designs)

(graphic by Harley Upton Designs)

***MEETING FRIENDS: Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place. —Tecumseh, Shawnee

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graphic by Harley Upton Designs

***WALKING IN A GOOD WAY: Out of the Indian approach to life there came a great freedom, an intense and absorbing respect for life, enriching faith in a Supreme Power, and principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equity, and brotherhood as a guide to mundane relations. — Black Elk, Oglala

(Graphic by Harley Upton)

(Graphic by Harley Upton)

***THE CIRCLE: “You have noticed that everything as Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round….. The Sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours… Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.”

– Black Elk, Oglala

We thank Harley Upton Designs for these great graphics!

We thank Harley Upton Designs for these great graphics!


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