Memphis Pow Wow 1998
These are pic's of some of the dancers, many Pow Wow's forbid picture
taking while dancing is in progress, there are some occasions when it is
allowed. It is best to get permission before taking pictures. You will
be instructed when it is permitted. Dancing is a spiritual expression
not performed for entertainment purposes.
The dancers are dressed in regalia ( these are not
costumes) Just as you would not refer to the robes a priest wears or
the uniforms of soldiers, doctors or nurses as costumes. Regalia
is highly expressive and spiritually meaningful to the individual.
Most Pow Wow's whenever possible are set up along a body of water, rivers,
creeks, lakes or oceans. Pow Wow's take place from Friday evening through
Sunday evening year round.
Loretta Lynn's Ranch
Hurricane Mills, TN July 4th 1998
Each year on the 4th of July weekend the Lynn family have a Pow Wow
at Loretta's Dude Ranch.
The Lynn family are Cherokee, originally from Cherokee, TN, now
known as Cherokee
They later moved to Middle TN and settled in the Nashville area.
Loretta's ranch is located in the mountains of Tennessee not far from
Nashville near the town of Hurricane Mills..
The ranch is open year round, complete with camping facilities, horse-back
riding, fishing, swimming and canoeing. Loretta has a theater where she
has televised concert performances.
Spirit dancing is a major part of all Pow Wow's. There are many different
dances and each tribe has their own traditional dance. Each dancer
has their own expression as individual and unique as the spirit that is
Dancing is performed before an important event such as hunting, going
into battle, marriage, crop planting, harvesting, council meetings, spiritual
quests, feasts, healing, giving thanks or honoring an individual or event.
It is a form of prayer, thanksgiving and blessings.
The musical instruments most often used are, flutes, drums and rattles
and are often accompanied with singing and prayer chants.
Memphis, TN Pow Wow 1998 jingle and fancy shaw dancers
Native American children begin dancing at an early age, usually from
the time they are old enough to walk.
Cherokee Shaw dancers, Memphis, TN 1998
There are two styles of Cherokee dress the women wear, the buckskin
dress that was typical before the time of the European settlers and the
cloth dress that later became the style among Cherokee women after European
influence. The Cherokee were farmers and fishermen, unlike the Nomadic
Plains People that lived in Tee Pee's and followed the buffalo, they lived
in log cabins in large communities with a population of several hundred
to two or more thousand, similar to that of the Early European settlements.
Their diet consisted of corn, fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts, berries and
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