Ceremonial Pow Wow

Male traditional dancers with eagle feather bustles

Male traditional dancers with eagle feather bustles

In the Absence of Honor excerpt:

For most, the grand entry ceremony began in the traditional manner. Jake watched as hundreds of Native American participants wearing incredibly ornate traditional costumes danced in their moccasins to the rhythm of the Native American chant and sounds from the tribal M’dewinwin drum pits.

Men, women, and children danced together, keeping a continuous step, forming a circular procession around the center of the parade grounds. Their movement was slow and the beat metrical, representing the continuum of life.

Female shawl dancer with eagle feather dance fan and breast plate

Female shawl dancer with eagle feather dance fan and breast plate

Male grass dancers with hair roaches

Male grass dancers with hair roaches

Jingle dresses, shawls, and bandolier bags adorned the women. Authentic feathered headdresses, war bonnets, roaches, and bustles of intricate design and artistry decorated the men. The Indian motif gave tribute to a spiritual way of life full of tradition and meaning.