Powwow Etiquette Tips for First Time Pow Wow Visitors

Powwow Etiquette Tips for First Time Pow Wow Visitors

Posted By Dennis Chrysler April 2nd, 2013 Blog

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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About Dennis Chrysler

Running in the Red Road…some of the best times in my life were when I went to a strong hold part of the Akwesasne St. Regis Reservation, in New York State in the 1970s because of some trouble with New York State. There I lived and made friends with people like, Chief Jake Swamp, who has passed on not long ago, and Chief, Tom Porter and others. I became a member of the longhouse and received the name; wahanataien (the builder) which was given to me by the clan mothers after 3 days of conversations about me and my life. These two people, (Jake and Tom ) showed me the ways of traditions and life seen and un seen. There is so much information to be given in what has been given in a gift, only to be return to others, so that they may also give as it has been given….

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15 thoughts on “Powwow Etiquette Tips for First Time Pow Wow Visitors

  1. Yolanda Giovannetti says:

    Sorry I meant to say unto these Hills. And if there’s any any other special tours that I need to look into for her

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