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 no-nnative friends tagging along, these were the 4 most important rules of the trip.
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 a costume.
Never touch a dancer's regalia.
Many of the ornaments have religious meaning and are cherished family heirlooms.
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