Monday, April 26, 2010

Gathering of Nations Powwow 2010

We have finally arrived home from the powwow wind and sunburnt and happy. We did some good visiting, and even better shopping picking up two roaches. I recommend "Roaches by Camille" she does good work and she's fast.

I honestly believe this powwow has no business trying to squeeze itself into 2 days. I appreciate the sentiment of 'get in and getter done' and all but it would be nice to dance to something other than straight songs all weekend. I understand why that must be. The drum contest and all. I also could not understand why if there was a whole football field to use, we still ended up dancing on a postage stamp. That truly did not make any sense to me. Also there was absolutely no view of the tiny tots and jr dancers from the side where I was sitting so you were at the mercy of the camera crew filming for the jumbotron to get a view of your kid as they were pretty merciless about who got to go onto the floor and watch.

I did like that things moved along quickly and kept very close to schedule. I was also super proud that the new Miss Indian World Dakota Brant is from my Reserve. We have had 2 in the last five years so that is very exciting.

All in all I enjoyed the powwow but I much prefer it indoors. I can't complain about the weather but I will complain about the total lack of view of the dance floor. I think that is what made GON such a good powwow to be a spectator at is that there was never a bad seat in the Pit.

Our vacation was fantastic and we all really enjoyed it and I hope that we are able to return next year and I truly hope it is indoors. Now that our trip is sadly behind us, it is time to get back to work as we have a lot of native dance shows and dance workshops coming up.

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