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16th Annual Huntsville Intertribal Pow-Wow [21 Apr 2009|06:02pm]


16th Annual 

Huntsville Intertribal Pow-Wow

Cahaba Shrine Park

6001 Pulaski Pike

Huntsville, Alabama 35810

May 9-10 2009 

Powwow Head Staff

Master of Ceremonies...Lou White Eagle

Arena Director...Randy Medrano

Head Veteran... TBA

Host Drum...Medicne Dog Singers

Lead Singer...Cheyenne Black Bear 

Gates open at 10 AM on Saturday and Sunday  

***Admission is free*** 

Grand Entry will be at 1:00 {both days}

Evening Grand Entry will be at 6:30PM { Saturday Only} 

*Gourd Dancing Daily*

omakiyaka ye

Need a new maintainer [09 Sep 2007|09:35am]

Anyone interested in being the new maintainer for this community. I don't powwow anymore and I figure someone who does should head this community.

Just reply to this post.
2 unyawapis| omakiyaka ye

A few thoughts about my first powwow in about 15 years, or more. [13 Jul 2006|07:04pm]

[ mood | sad ]

A few thoughts about my first powwow in about 15 years, or more.

Well, like I had said briefly in my journal, Paul (my hubby) and I got to go to a powwow, but because of his work schedule and the way the powwow was set up, all I got to see was the grand entry and flag song.. and they were having a dance contest when we left but they were starting with the little tots so I got to see a couple of tiny little dancers for a few bref seconds. Also because of shyness and a lack of space to get in close enough to the circle, I only got about 4 pics. I dont regret going, and I dont really regret too much leaving early because I had some things that were making me worry and I was concerned bout Paul, cause I think he was overheating and almost exhausted, but I regret I didnt get some more pics while I was there.. I dindt snap pics unless I asked the person when they were outside the ring, and that shyness to ask cost me pics.

But while I was there, I had some deep thoughts.. It really wasnt at all like the ones I went to.. I dont know if it was who was putting it on, or where it was, or the fact that it was the last day or what, but it just seemed... different that before.

What made me sad was that I felt.. out of place... and although my heart wanted to dance.. to step in the sacred circle, I did not, and for some strange reason I didnt feel like I should have.. it didnt feel right.. Maybe it was cause I was in street clothes, or maybe it was because it was my first powwow in many many years. Or maybe my heart is leading me astray.

I still want to dance... though I think so far the desicion not to spend money and time on regalia is a good one because I dont know how often these will come aaround, but even in my street clothes I want to dance.. I am listning to powwow music as I type this, and my heart wants to dance.. but why was my head telling me not to, that I was an outsider there, that I didnt belong, and that I wasnt to step in the circle?

I am very confused right now.. I have no idea at all what to do. *sigh*

omakiyaka ye

A serious question... [06 Jun 2006|11:53pm]

I really hesitate to bring this up, because I know that I am going to get alot of critism, but it is important to me, and I do respect you all's opinions, since you most likely have more powwow experience that I do.

A real quick background first.

As far as I know, I have no Native blood in me. When I was younger, I had the honor over several years to go many powwows in three states. With help I build my own regalia, and I danced. It was wonderful.
Time went on, I went to college and moved away, but never lost the desire to dance again. Now I have moved back and have the opportunity to dance once again.
I have contacted 2 people, each the head of a powwow that is close to me that will be happening soon. I explained my background and my desire to dance again, and both gave me permission to dance the appropriate songs (intertribals, etc).

Here is my predicament.

I have been doing alot of research, and will continue to do more, about making a women's southern traditional cloth dress and regalia. I want to do this right, if do make an outfit. But would it be right for me to spend the money and time and effort on making regalia, or is that something that I as a non Native (as far as I know, I am trying to research my history) am not allowed to do?
Can I proudly wear my own made regalia when the powwow starts, or should I just dance in my steet clothes and a shawl?

I want to wear regalia and dance the way that I used to, 15 years ago when the drum first called. Can I do it?
omakiyaka ye

feather question... [30 May 2006|01:24pm]

I was recently gifed by nature with a beautiful wild Canadian Goose feather.

But I am sure it may have mites or other things on it.

How do I clean it? Strangly enough it is impossible to find anything online about it. I have tried..

Can anyone help?
7 unyawapis| omakiyaka ye

First Nations Warriors [23 May 2006|12:55pm]

okay, i am so proud of my First Nations Brothers & Sisters who are undefeated still and who give their blood, sweat and tears to fight for their rights, their homelands and their Ancestors. they epitomize what the true warrior spirit is because there they stand, outnumbered and outgunned, their ancient homelands occupied by hostiles and still they do not give up and do not give in. they fight not for oil, or land, or empire, or money, or power, or because they are a technologically over-equipped nation that seeks to conquer the rest of the world, but for a simple truth: freedom. freedom from oppression by a colonial government and a racist country. freedom to have power & self-determination over their lives, bodies, lands, stories, languages, futures. their truth still prevails and it is a testament to their strength that after five hundred years of genocide and enforced assimilation that they still know who they are and are still culturally and politically and spiritually and psychologically alive as Indigenous First Nations people who give their bodies, hearts, minds and spirits to the struggle for political, cultural, regional freedom from colonization and to triumph over those who clothe their unjustness in a thin veneer of civility and respectability!!!!

"Our people are responding without weapons, using only their bodies to assert that we are a sovereign people with a long history and that we cannot be intimidated,''
Allen McNaughton, of the Six Nations Confederacy
omakiyaka ye

[16 Jan 2006|12:36pm]

Here's some pics I took at the powwow we went to yesterday. It was hosted by my youngest son's family.

Go see the pics I posted
omakiyaka ye

My Tribal Space [11 Jan 2006|07:24am]

I logged into my Myspace and checked out my groups and found someone posted about Mytribalspace. It is like Myspace only for Natives. I looks like it is still quite new but I thought I would spread the word.


My Tribal Space Profile

[X-posted in various communities]
omakiyaka ye

San Diego & Warner Springs PowWows [11 May 2005|10:01pm]

American Indian Culture Days. May 14 & 15 Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Park Blvd and Presidents Way
Balboa Park, San Diego, CA


Warner Native Pride Powwow
Dedicated to the memory of Denise Paipa
May 14th, 12-6 p.m. at the San Jose Valley Sports Park
Located across from Warner school
30951 Highway 79
Warner Springs, CA
omakiyaka ye

Moderator wanted... [05 Apr 2005|10:38pm]
Since I have been soo busy over the last year and will continue to be busy, I am looking for someone to help me moderate this community. If you are interested, please comment. In the event that more than one person volunteers, I will choose the one that has posted more or seems more active here.
omakiyaka ye

34th Annual SDSU Powwow [28 Feb 2005|08:01am]

Native American Student Alliance
34th Annual SDSU Contest Powwow
Montezuma Hall, Aztec Center, San Diego State University Campus
March 5th & 6th, 2005

“Honoring Our Young Native Scholars & Educators of Tomorrow”

Contest Dancing! * Drum Contest! * Gourd Dancing!
Bird Singing! * Bird Dancing!

Grand Entry
Saturday 12 Noon & 7pm Sunday 12 Noon
Point System will be used

Host Northern Drum: WHITE LAKE SINGERS – Salt Lake City, UT
Towaoc, CO

Master of Ceremonies .......... Alex Shepherd, Cedar City, UT
Arena Director.......................John Dawson, Lawndale, CA
Head Man............................ Brent Todalena, Chinle, AZ
Head Woman ........................Leya Hale, Fullerton, CA
Head Teen Boy ......................OJ Sandoval, El Cajon, CA
Head Teen Girl ..................... Megan Stately, San Diego, CA
Head Jr.Boy............ Robert Solis, San Diego, CA
Head Jr. Girl ........ Nikita Bichitty, Boulevard, CA

Men’s Grass = (1st- $250, 2nd- $150, 3rd- $100) Sponsored by Head Man
Teen Boys Fancy = 1st- $200,2nd- $150,3rd- $50) Sponsored by Head Teen Boy
Teen Girls Jingle = ($ TBA) Sponsored by Head Teen Girl
Jr. Girls Fancy =(1st- $150,2nd- $100,3rd- $50) Sponsored by Head Jr. Girl

Check out our website for updates: http://nasa.sdsu.edu

General Admission = FREE!

Arts & Crafts Spaces Available
$85 for 1 Day $150 for 2 Days
(Applications Online)

Native American Student Alliance
Phone: 619-269-3108 Fax: 619-594-2646 (Attn. NASA)
Email: nasa@rohan.sdsu.edu
Alcohol & Drugs will not be tolerated. Will not be responsible for
accidents, thefts, or damages.
omakiyaka ye

Hello there! [24 Jan 2005|09:33pm]

I am brand new to the community. I am not Native American, but did participate in the Apache Na'ii'es (Sunrise Dance) Ceremony last summer, and performed by diiyin Jeffrey Prather, who trained with famous singer/diiyin Philip Cassadore. It isn't exactly a powwow, but three times every year Mr. Prather and the men and women who have trained with him put on a week-long training camp that ends with a Sunrise Ceremony for the young women. It was a unique and wonderful experience to participate in a ceremony that is starting to disappear due to cost (Na'ii'es can cost upwards of $15,000 for one girl) and loss of cultural interest.

After my experience over the summer, I began researching Na'ii'es extensively, and am working on both a fiction novel and a non-fiction book on the topic. I hope my research will include a trip to an Apache rez to see this ceremony performed for other young women. If anyone hears anything about a Sunrise Ceremony on the agenda for upcoming powwows, please let me know!
omakiyaka ye

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