When Cultures Collide – Tai Chi and Pow Wow?

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown June 29th, 2014 Last Updated on: June 29th, 2014


This video comes from YouTube User Alex Copenace. As the story goes, they were passing by a man practicing Tai Chi in the park.

When we approached this guy he was standing in a meditation pose. I asked him what he was doing and he said “I'm about to balance my chi.” So I said “Would you like some help from some aboriginal chi?” and he said “sure”. This is what transpired. The way he got into it was like the music was flowing through his veins and there was a almost spiritual bond

What a great moment in time! I'm sure you will all be thinking about this encounter for weeks to come. Thanks for sharing with everyone Alex!

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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This really sucks mixing or culture with that it looked stupid I don’t know if Amy one else feels the same way but I see our native America culture getting lost every day even blood so if you like this crap I feel sorry for you people me I’m northern UTE I’m a traditional native I’m a pow-wow dancer, I’m a sum dancer I attend sweat lodges and go to NAC meeting very active in my native ways and I don’t want to loose my peoples ways but this is mixing it with something else disgraceful!


Yep, not tai chi nor qi gong. I didn’t see many elements of tai chi either. The standing pose where he is on one leg and his body spread out horizontally is a yoga pose. He might be balancing his chi, but that does not mean he’s doing tai chi.


That is not taiji chuan form I’m familiar with, and I’ve been practicing for several years. It’s free form *something” but not Yang, Wudang, Chen, or Hao.

jessie haase

Buh the guy in the background. He was just walking along and then he stopped to listen and see what s happening!


No matter the culture or the belief system, the energy of the One speaks through people in all manners. We were given the gift to express that energy with our personal flavor. When people can come together like this and let their combined lights shine as one, it is an example of what is possible and a reminder that the elevation of any practice to art is possible when you get out of the way and let it happen. True beauty!

chris luna

love this, need to get to a pow wow soon, and I wanna take my djembe drum with me.


Very cool

Terry O'Brien

It looked ss if it should be, I was like spell bound, watched it a few times, make a great night cap, thank you.



Diana Barnes

Wopila!! I could feel this in my Spirit. Love in my heart to bring up into my throat up to my eyes with tears of love and joy for this is a beautiful moment. thank you for sharing. Freedom Diana <3

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