mini pow wow
"Powwow" is the English version of the Indian word pau-wau, which originally stood for a healing ceremony conducted by the spiritual or religious leaders of various tribes. As traditions evolved throughout the generations, these ceremonies became a time to celebrate a rewarding hunt, to give gratitude to the spirits for a bountiful harvest, and to spiritually prepare a warrior for battle.
The powwow celebration also incorporates the Native spiritual conviction that life and death follow a continuous, sacred circle. Tribal drums, dancing, food, chanting, and traditional healing rituals are all a part of the gathering. It’s also used as an opportunity to act out ancient stories handed down through the generations, keeping their history alive.