This is the second time I have attended one of these Pow-Wow events and I love, love, love the history and tradition associated with all the things these Native Americans do at these events. I’m not a huge fan of the backgrounds because they make getting nice clean shot very difficult, but I guess if it was that easy everyone would attend and take great pictures. As it stands you really, and I mean really have to work to make great images at these things.
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On with the show:
This guy had some really cool makeup and great traditional costume so I really wanted to get a good shot of him.
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This young woman was very beautiful and an excellent dancer. I liked the way all the decorations on her costume are flying in the air as she is dancing.
When the guys dance that is the main event and very exciting to see. The colors, the costumes and the speed of the dancing are just intense.
I’m a goofy-looking white guy so at times these people look at me with some trepidation, but really I have the utmost respect for Native American culture and the things they do.
I would love to sit down and interview some of these people and talk to them about the history and tradition involved with all this and learn some of the deeper meanings behind symbols.
The singing and the drumming are so amazing, although not as traditional looking to watch, but the sounds is haunting.
In a lot of ways I felt like I was invading these people’s privacy when I was sticking my camera in their faces, but like I said massive respect and admiration for the skills and traditional culture involved with the entire scene.
The images just don’t convey the intensity of full experience, the sights, the sounds, the vibe.
OK, back to the dancing. I find the bead work on some of the costumes with such detail it just blows my mind the massive work involved.
The woman dancers are very fluid with their movements and fun to watch.
I just don’t see many younger kids that are as proud of their cultural traditions as some of the kids at these events.
This young man had a fantastic costume and was an outstanding dancer.
More amazing bead work.
Another shot of the painted face guy, such a cool traditional costume.
Another amazing traditional woman in full dress.
What can I say, this stuff is off the charts.
Hard to believe this level of detail and cultural traditions are happening without more media attention.