After months of work, we have launched a new look and design for PowWows.com!
The old design was implemented in 2017. Over the years, we have only changed the site's look a few times.
I'm excited for you to use the new look and design. Our goal with this design is to make it easier for you to navigate the depth of information on PowWows.com. We also worked hard to make the pages load faster for you.
The majority of you now access PowWows.com on your phones. So we started the design with mobile devices in mind.
Of course, we need to celebrate the new design with a giveaway!
This month's giveaway is sponsored by Mahota Textiles.
About Mahota Textiles
Mahota Textiles is the first textile company envisioned and owned by a North American tribe. We create meaningful textiles that elevate the beauty and treasured culture, inspired by our Southeast heritage. Our textiles tell our stories in expressive imagery and soft, warm woven material.
The making of Mahota Textiles is the making of a legacy. The threads of our history reveal a colorful weaving together of women and warriors, immigration and removal—centuries of heritage and tradition. Our logo, five irregular concentric circles, is a depiction similar to early hand-carved Native American glyphs discovered in caves and on rocks, and represents five generations of Indigenous women.
The Mahota story can be traced to the kidnapping of a young French girl living in the Southeast in 1736 during a tribal skirmish. For nearly three centuries, she has been known as French Nancy, the eventual bride of Chickasaw warrior Alikuhlo Hosh. They named their daughter Mahota, a word in Chickasaw and Choctaw languages meaning “to separate by hand.” Matrilineal societies of Southeastern tribes placed great value on works created by hand for loved ones and their community. Even their tools were created as beautiful objects in the belief that beauty and power were imparted to everything made from them.
For the Creator Blanket
Stomp dancing is an important aspect of Southeastern tribal culture. Traditionally, the song is sung by men in a call-and-answer format, with the dance rhythm set by the leader's handheld turtle shell rattle. Women traditionally participate in dance with shakers made from deer toes or Box Turtle shells. Using turtle shells show respect and gratitude to animals for providing many good things. Many tribes believe that the fire at the dance circle center embodies the Creator on earth. The cross represents the four seasons, four directions, and the logs of the Sacred Fire. Stomp dancers move counterclockwise around the fire, with their hearts closest to the fire, while the smoke lifts their prayers to the Creator (Aba' Binni'li' in Chickasaw).
Last Updated on October 22, 2022 by Paul G