Top 15 Most Popular Stories of 2020 on PowWows.com

Top 15 Most Popular Stories of 2020 on PowWows.com

Posted By PowWow Articles January 8th, 2021 Last Updated on: November 12th, 2021

Below are the 15 most popular stories published on PowWows.com in 2019!

Thanks to you for reading and sharing our stories in 2020, I appreciate all your support!

What was your favorite story of 2020?

Top 15 Most Popular Stories of 2020 on PowWows.com

#1 – 25 Favorite Native American Recipes

Whether you are a member of one of the recognized tribes or come from a different background, these Native American recipes will give you a delicious taste of authentic, natural cooking enjoyed through the centuries.

If you did not grow up in a Native American family, you may associate ethnic foods with the types of stereotypical dishes served at Thanksgiving such as roast corn, sweet potatoes, turkey, and cranberry dishes. If you prefer spicier fare, a southwestern style of food may interest you more including tortillas, chili peppers, and fried beans. While some of these popular modern foods have their roots in history, most of them have been commercialized and change somewhat for a different type of palette.

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#2 – Our Favorite Places to Shop for Native Products 

As you might have seen from past articles and gift guides, we love supporting our Native & First Nations entrepreneurs!

We wanted to put a spotlight on some of these amazing Native-owned and First Nations-owned businesses that might not get the attention they deserve. Also on the list are some businesses that, while not native-owned, help to sell Native products and keep the pow wow going.

Shop Native!

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#3 – My Top 5 Favorite Native American Actors

It is no secret that Native Americans have had a rough history, filled with segregation, hate, and discrimination. For a long time, Hollywood films represented Native Americans unfavorably, representing them in marginalized and inaccurate behavior. Indian filmmakers and Native American actors had to fight to develop an artistic voice for themselves, carving out space for accurate expression in film.

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#4 – Native American Turquoise Jewelry Through History and Today

Archaeologists have found evidence of the native people and what would become America creating jewelry from the stones, shells, and other natural materials as far back as 10,000 years ago. As the millennia went on, turquoise jewelry became one of the more prominent varieties made specifically by tribes in the Southwest. This was, after all, where the turquoise stone was naturally found in some quantities.

Today, people all over the world seek out authentic necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more made by tribes that produce turquoise jewelry for sale.

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#5 – Native American Smudging

Native American smudging is an act that illuminates something primordial within people, connecting both smoke with spirituality in remarkable ways. This is a common ceremonial ritual amongst the ingenious people, held closely within these cultures to purify, spiritually cleanse, and bless. So, whether you are a Native American yourself, or simply want to know more about the culture to expand your insights, then understanding smudging is undoubtedly an area to not overlook.

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#6 – Native American Lesson Plans and Learning Activities | Studying Native American Culture At Home Or Classroom

Whether you are a teacher interested in expanding curriculum options, a parent who wants to share more accurate or in-depth information but their child, or student seeking additional knowledge about the diverse cultures of this country, Native American lesson plans will help you reach your goals. As a person who lives in the United States, it makes sense to want to know more about the people who originally lived here, their history, culture, religion, contributions to the modern world, current interests and struggles, and more. Through a series of unique Native American activities and projects, you can do just that.

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#7 – 2020 Virtual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

For the past thirty-seven years, the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow has been the most prominent, popular and legendary annual Native American event in North America. The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow annually hosts thousands of people including over 750 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world. For the first time in 37 years, the Gathering of Nations Pow wow scheduled for April 24 & 25 was postponed/cancelled four weeks ago by the Governor of New Mexico. Her directive was that all New Mexico State facilities were shutting down due to the Global Health Pandemic (Emergency) of COVID-19. Governor Lujan-Grisham’s directive to postpone the Powwow meant the Gathering of Nations was immediately shut-down as well, as it is held on the NM State Fairgrounds. While this decision was immediate and devastating, it was prudent to protect lives.

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#8 – My Favorite Native American Podcasts

Need a New Podcast to Listen to? Check These Out!

Are you finished with the latest travel or true-crime podcast? 

Are you waiting for something a little more relevant to come out?

There are currently multiple podcasts out there featuring Native individuals and Native topics that are needing to be heard.

Let’s check them out…

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#9 – Native American Flutes: From History to How-To

From the earliest days until the present time, the indigenous people of North America have incorporated music into their spirituality, celebrations, and everyday lives. Among other instruments like drums and bells, Native American flute music has spread its melodic influence throughout many different tribal groups and cultures.

All different sizes, materials, sounds, and enjoyed by a diverse range of people, flute music from the native tribes have stood the test of time. Whether you are a member of an indigenous group or simply love unique musical styles, you can appreciate the history of this unique instrument, learn how to play Native American flute yourself, and even create one from wood and other materials.

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#10 – What Is a Native American Round Dance? History, Music, & Meaning

All across North America, Native American nations have come together to perform various round dances throughout the ages. Usually held during the colder autumn and winter months indoors, they have been used as a central focus of various gatherings designed for socialization and community building. Understanding the meaning of round dance events can give you a unique perspective into the history and modern take on these shared traditions.

Almost every event or cultural practice you can find Native Americans doing today has its roots in days long gone by. The same is true for round dances.

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#11 – Buffalo Chicken Fry Bread with Lime-Cumin Crema & Salsa Verde

Did you say fry bread?

I’m so in.

If you’ve never had the privilege of enjoying this traditional Native American specialty, this is your chance. Why? Well, now is the time they say. Though I’m still not sure who “they” are.

And if you’re ever going to experience fry bread, you’re going to want to do it smeared with creamy buffalo chicken and garnished with homemade tomatillo salsa.
I’m certain I have buffalo sauce running through my veins. There’s definitely also beer and queso in there, so there’s no doubt my insides are having quite the party. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have an unapologetic affection for the rich, red-hot condiment.

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#12 – 2020 Seminole Tribal Fair and Pow Wow

Watch Live – 2020 Seminole Tribal Fair and Pow Wow

February 7-9, 2020
Hollywood, FL
Find more info


#13 – Coronavirus – Pow Wow Travel Updates

I have reached out to all the events listed on our Pow Wow Calendar.  I asked them all to update me if anything changes with their events.

This situation is changing daily!

With the cancellation of the SXSW conference, many Pow Wows are concerned.  The City of Austin forced the conference to cancel.  Some states or cities may decide to cancel all events in their jurisdiction.  Please check back to this page often for the latest information.

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#14 – Native American Foods Throughout The United States

From acorn bread to fry bread, succotash to beef stew, Native American cuisine has been a staple in homes across America for centuries.

Today, these traditional dishes are still consumed in homes and restaurants throughout the country, some stick to the classic recipes, and some put a modern twist on the old favorites. Many staples in our daily diets, like tomatoes, wild rice, and peanuts are often credited to the Europeans, when in fact the Indigenous people of the Americas are to thank for it.

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#15 – 2020 Native American Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Hello everyone! We're back once again with our annual gift guide.

For most of us this year, Mother’s Day will be celebrated a little differently. With most of the nation on stay-at-home orders, we might not be able to make an in-person visit to our moms, grandmas, and other family members for this special day.

But, that doesn’t mean we can’t still honor and thank them for all of their support over the years. We can still send a card, call, or send a special gift through the mail.

To help inspire you, I’ve rounded up some gift ideas I think the wonderful women in your life will enjoy.

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