Monday, May 17, 2010

Ontelaunee Park Intertribal Powwow

Carina told me about a Native American powwow that she wanted to go to in the Pocono's this weekend, and at first I the thought of going with all 3 girls (sans Jesse) was a bit too overwhelming to even entertain the idea. After thinking upon the layout of the day and recruiting 2 more amazing ladies (Bess and Nelly) the decision had been made- GO!
It was an hour and half drive up there, but well worth it. I wasn't sure what to expect, I had never been to a powwow before, but it was unbelievably moving. We stepped into a different culture and watched their ceremonial dances, it was beautiful. Not to mention all the sweet dream catchers we scored! The girls had a great time too.

This video is "Traditional Men's Dance."

Powwow from Lois Keenan on Vimeo.

This is my girls learning the steps and pretending to be the scarf dancers:

Madeline and Jane Dance at the Powwow from Lois Keenan on Vimeo.

And of course, Penny joining in any way she can:

Penny at the Powwow from Lois Keenan on Vimeo.

I was in awe total of this woman. She was the head woman's dancer and her name was Hummingbird.

This girl was Madeline and Jane's favorite. She was a scarf dancer and the girls tried to copy all the dances she did by lifting their dresses, Ha!

Overall it was a fabulous day. I really was truly moved and overwhelmed with love for these people.

More pictures by Carina


Sarah B said...

looks amazing! thanks for sharing these!

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