While working on my degree in Anthropology one of my favorite courses included Native American cultural studies and I used to attend powwows in the area often.
These cultural gatherings include song, dance, story telling, merchants, a variety of foods and my favorite activities, watching the dancers in their intricate regalia.
A powwow also opens discourse for those who want to learn more about the Native American communities we have and I often found myself engaged in so many interesting conversations with my professor and her colleagues as the sun went down.
While in Florida this autumn I attended a local powwow with a long time university friend and of course ran into my professor too. Aside from the fun event, it was great to do something together we've enjoyed in the past but haven't been able to do in a few years.
Days like that help to bridge the gap that can sometimes build up while living over seas and it felt so good to know our friendship popped right into place despite the distance. Who knows, it might be another year (or longer) until we get to attend another powwow together.
If you want to learn more about your local Native American community to visit a powwow in your area learn more here. Have any of you attended The Gathering of Nations?
It's on my life long travel list, I'd love to go one day!
Have you ever visited a powwow before?
Here are a few photographs from that fun day, aren't the Eagle feathers majestic?!