Saturday, September 30, 2023

Meanwhile, at the Pow Wow… Hiya!

This week, several of us from our senior center had the opportunity to attend the 44th Annual Pow Wow in Dorseyville Pa. (in Indian—I mean Indiana Township).  The day started cloudy but warm, but minutes after arriving the temperature fell 15 degrees and the rain moved in.

Luckily, one of the vendors there (a lovely woman from the Cheyenne tribe) hooked me up with this Indian serape blanket that kept me warm & dry.  It came with a note of authenticity, y’know!

I feel like a chooch that I didn’t take more photos other than the few below.  There were tents galore with Native American jewelry, blankets, bows & arrows, peace pipes, tomahawks, medicine pouches, leather goods… there was this camel leather tabletop teepee (with a fireproof base to burn sage) I must’ve picked up and set down 25 times.  I wish I’d bought it.

Strangely, the only food available at this indigenous shindig was fry bread, corn chili & buffalo burgers.  I was hoping to bring home some eats but other than some venison jerky (uh…no) there was no more to be found. 

I’m just glad we ate early, after the first break in the Indian dancing, the line for food stretched half a mile!

Speaking of dancing, I now have a slow drumbeat and ear-worm caught in my noggin:  HIYA!  Hiya hiya hiya….

Golden Age women—enter the circle and perform your dance!

Golden Age men—it is your turn to join the circle and dance!
Young warriors—gather in the circle, and dance!
Couples newly joined it is your turn to dance!  (I loved this young woman’s dress, her rows of hollow tubes played windsong)
All tribes enter the circle and dance!
And last, the fire keeper dances in the rain

29 comments:

  1. Your senior centre certainly gets out and about! I attended a Pow Wow here in Ontario many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Like your event, the traditional ceremonial clothing was wonderful. And the drumming music implanted ear worms in me as well. Walked to their beat for sometime afterwards. Again, thanks for sharing with us, Doug.

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    1. Thanks very much, Florence! My only regret is that I didn't buy a couple more "souvenirs" besides my poncho. So many wonderful things. :^)

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  2. You look great in that serape. I would love to have one like that, very cool indeed.

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    1. Thanks DJan! I bought it out of necessity, but now am very glad I did. πŸ™‚

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  3. Pow-wows are great fun. The Seneca reservation hosts a big one at the beginning of summer here.

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    1. It was fun Debby, but there were 500 people at mine and ONE porta-potty :^)

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  4. What a great event! Aren't you glad you joined the center!!!

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  5. When I saw your first picture, I thought you were at a Renaissance Festival... until I saw the others. Did you get to dance? And did you eat any of the Indian food or drink? Smoke some peyote? (kidding... know you didn't)

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    1. Haha... Rian I danced outside the circle with a couple of my friends. I did eat plenty, but no peyote! πŸ˜„

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  6. Very nice! I haven't been to a pow-wow in years. Fry bread or bannock is something I enjoy with a cup of coffee (from my few years in Northern Saskatchewan). My daughter makes it now.
    You're certainly gettting to enjoy a variety of activities through the center!

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    1. Thanks Maebeme, and a couple of us very much regretted not buying more fry bread while it lasted! I may have to try making some...πŸ€”

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  7. They have pow wows here but I've never been. I didn't realize they were open to the public. Love the serape and it would be fascinating to see what was at all the tents. I hate that feeling of regret when you don't buy something you want, then wish you had done so. Is that my excuse for buying whatever strikes my fancy these days?

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    1. Thanks Margaret and yes, if that's your excuse it's a good one. I mean it, the older I get the easier it is to spend that money. Now I'm regretting not buying that little leather teepee even more! πŸ˜‰

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  8. Doug, what a great time you had! Your senior centre organizes incredible activities. You look very dashing in your serape. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.❤️❤️

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    1. Hi Robin, and thanks so much for your very kind comment! I was thinking of wearing that serape to the center's Halloween party since some of those people dress up and you gave me the confidence boost I needed. Hope you and Chuck are doing okay, and I hope you have a good weekend too my friend. πŸ™‚

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  9. That's amazing! Fits in with "Apache Dug." Haha. I love the festive atmosphere, but the food could have been better. But, it looked like a lot of fun; that's the main thing.

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    1. Thanks Gigi! I've been waiting for someone to note the connection, haha. I'm glad it was you. 😊

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  10. You're having way too much fun lately! Guess you know you're making the rest of us jealous!😁

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    1. Haha thanks Bobi, I'm just trying to make up for lost time! πŸ˜…

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  11. Your Senior Center lines up great trips. The Pow Wow looks fantastic. The tribal dress, music, songs and dancing must have been fun to watch and learn about. Your Serape looks like it was custom made for you. Love the colors and geometric patterns. It looks like it was custom made for you. Looking good.

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    1. Susan, thank you so much. I always look forward to and enjoy your comments, you're very kind. To be honest I was surprised at how well that serape fit too!

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  12. The rain adds that touch of authenticity. I am impressed by the day trips your senior citizen center provides.

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    1. Joanne, I like that, what you said about the rain. You're right. And I do feel fortunate, that senior Center does come up with some good outings!

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  13. Wow, cool serape.
    I’ve had fry bread a number of times in New Mexico – it’s wonderful, at least their version of it.
    Are you sure that Golden Age man isn’t Willie Nelson?

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    1. Ooo, Anonymous worked this time.
      Peter

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    2. Haha! Peter, that's wild you said that! When that man came out I swear I thought the same thing, Willie Nelson. As for you being to New Mexico I'm not surprised, you've been everywhere. PS sure I'm glad to see you're able to comment on here again. πŸ™‚

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  14. I like your serape and I LOVE all the costumes, so beautifully decorated. What a great day that must have been.

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    1. Thanks very much River, looking forward to next year πŸ™‚

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