This local Pow Wow has become a family tradition. This year, my Onondaga daughter was with us. Some of the Iroquois from Syracuse were there selling traditional crafts and corn soup and fry bread. The drumming filled the air, as well as the ethereal sound of the flute.
I loved that they use all the parts of the animals including the dried tendons as strong tying material. Skins were for sale and dancing sticks with skins, and bells were made by the visiting children. Natives and non-natives alike are welcomed into the circle to dance after being smudged with smoke as a purifying act.
This Pow Wow is small in contrast to much larger ones in Arizona and New Mexico. But looking back, those seem much more commercial, while this has a feeling and spirit of authenticity.
One of the vendors had copies of “Native American Code of Ethics” which listed 20 items. I decided to choose a few for you to see.
1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone, pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if only you speak.
2. All persons make mistakes. And mistakes can be forgiven.
3. Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. Nature is part of your worldly family.
4. Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.
pictures from public domain
Have you been to a Pow Wow or some similar ethic festival?