Powwow Dancing Mesmerized Me
Meier from Switzerland
Meier feels attending an American pow wow held at
Rice University, helped her gain some understanding
of Native American culture.
Butler, who is wearing a bone vest and a
bustle of eagle feathers down his back,
will do a men's traditional dance.
wear bustles of eagle feathers while
performing the men's traditional
Bullock and another dancer each wear two
colorful bustles as they do some very
athletic fancy dancing with fast
pow-wow was just fantastic! I could never have
imagined how colorful and impressive this evening
would be. The dances and the clothes, which were
decorated with eagle feathers, mesmerized
had heard about the pow wow dancing in our culture
class at Rice University, so I was curious to see
what the Native Americans would look like in their
opening dance was supposed to start at 6.30 p.m.
Since I didnt want to miss any dances, I
arrived there on time; however, the dancing began
an hour late. How could I have forgotten? I had
learned in our class that Native Americans have a
different feeling for time?
they started to play music with their drums; it was
accompanied by their low voices. Hamma
. The music was exactly the same
as I had heard in the movies.
Native Americans gradually changed their clothes;
they wore incredibly amazing costumes, special
hairstyles and multicolored faces for the dances.
the competitions were initiated; the participants
danced in distinguished groups. They swung their
arms and moved their feet in special steps, always
to the rhythm of the music.
an hour of enthusiastically enjoying them, I took a
break to eat some characteristic Native American
fried bread. Finally, at 9.30 p.m., I left that
spectacular place, having stayed two hours longer
than I had first planned to stay.
will never forget this unique evening; it gave me a
little view into the culture of Native
Wow Dancer Gabe Bullock
Wow Dancer Brinder Jacobs
American Pow Wow Dress
Published by Sandy and Thomas Peters