Pow Wow 101 – Frequently Asked Questions about Native American Pow Wows

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A Pow Wow is a Native American tradition that brings together many different tribes and communities. It’s a special event for Native American communities that celebrates dance, song, socializing and honors a rich heritage. While some Pow Wows are private and only for various Native American communities, many are open….

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Pow Wows In Your State – Pow Wow Calendar – Native American Pow Wows

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The Pow Wow Calendar on PowWows.com lists thousands of Native American events across the United States and Canada. You can find them in your state!   Pow Wows are starting to happen in several parts of the country.  Check the calendar often for the latest information. Find one near you by….

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Straight Dancing

Straight Dancing

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The Straight Dance from Oklahoma Native American Tribes is a formal, tailored, prestigious form of southern dance clothes.   The overall effect is of reassuring solidity, with everything closely matched and coordinated.   It looks as if it is planned all at one time. This dance has evolved from the Hethuska Dances.  ….

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Cloth Dancing

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Ladies Cloth is a form of Native American women’s dress and dance and has both a Northern and Southern style. The Southern style is danced by the Kiowas, Osage, Ponca, and others. The Northern style is danced by the Sioux, Crow, and others. The dance is a slow and graceful one….

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Fancy Shawl Dancing | Women’s Fancy Shawl Dance History & More

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Ladies Fancy Shawl is the newest form of Native American Women’s Dance, and is quite athletic! Fancy Shawl is often called Northern Shawl, as it does come form the Northern Tribes along the U.S. and Canadian Border. This is very similar in dancing and the bright colors to the Men’s….

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Native American Fancy Dance | What is Fancy Feather Dancing?

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The Oklahoma Feather Dance or “Fancy Dance” is one of the most popular styles of Native American dance and outfits seen at modern pow wows. The Fancy Dance outfit, as such, has no single Native American tribes. The “Fancy Dance” originated as Fancy War Dance by the Hethuska Society in….

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Grass Dancing | Native American Grass Dancer Regalia, Info & More

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Though Grass Dancing was originally done as a Warrior Society Dance, it has evolved over the years. It has further evolved into a highly-competitive form of northern dancing. Grass Dancers always stands out by virtue of two things: his dancing style and his outfit. His dancing has been described often….

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Northern Traditional Dancing

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The Northern Traditional Dancer is a modern evolution of tribal outfits from the tribes of the Northern Plains such as Sioux, Blackfoot, Crow, Omaha and others. Below is some information about the outfit’s parts. It must be stressed that this is only a brief description as variations do exist from….

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Gourd Dancing

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Gourd dancing is not a “pow wow style” of dance. Gourd Dances are held regularly by several groups especially in Oklahoma. Today the dance is being done at pow wows before, after, and between intertribal dancing. The dance was resurrected by the Kiowa Tribe. Several tribes historically held Gourd Dances….

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Jingle Dress Dance

Jingle Dress Dance | Native American Meaning and History

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The Jingle Dress Dance is commonly seen in competitive pow wows, performed by women and girls in First Nations and Native American communities. The dance gets its name from the rows of metal cones—called “ziibaaska’iganan”—attached to their dresses, which make a distinctive sound as they dance. The ritual has a….

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