Pow Wow Etiquette Tips for First Time Pow Wow Visitors

Pow Wow 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 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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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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17 thoughts on “Pow Wow Etiquette Tips for First Time Pow Wow Visitors

  1. My friend and I are planning to attend the July, 2019 pow wow at Lame Deer. Would you please confirm the dates so we don’t miss it? Thank you!

  2. 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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