Indigenous Prayers – Poetic Haikus In Motion

Youth dancer – Jingle  Dress dancer, Nekwakwas,  Squamish Nation PowWow, July 2018

Softly she enters
The prayers of her music
Ancestral healing

RL

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Youth dancer – Fancy Dancer,  Skweltapis Megmagalus Ned      Squamish Nation PowWow, July 2018

A bold soul dances
Rejuvenating spirits
The grandfathers smile

RL

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Traditional Dancer, Denise Ann John, & fave Nova Scotia sis, August 2018

Ethereal calm
Calling to the grandmothers
Replenishing gifts

RL

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bert dancing 2

Traditional Dancer, Bert One-Breath Milberg, & fave big bro, Nova Scotia, August 2018

A Warrior’s heart
Gifted reverent power
A shelter of strengths

RL

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For non-Indigenous friends, a little info note about powwows…  A powwow is a social event where we sing and dance in honour of our ancestors; to pray to, for & with them and Creator, and to enjoy the good humour, kindnesses and company of our relations.  The day’s highlight are the competitive dances that enthrall with their colours, intricate detailed regalia, and the sheer physical power put into the dancing. Then there are various food vendors that’ll test your capacity to eat heartily.

All are invited to share in these events to not only enjoy the day’s events, but also to support Indigenous artisans and craft makers, who provide beautiful, genuine Indigenous work in all sort of art genres for sale.

You won’t have to wonder about the protocols, i.e. how one may participate in the dancing or when you may take photos, or when to stand for a prayer, etc. All powwows have an MC that announces or directs these points as they arise.  A quick tip: the standard invitation for anyone to join the dancing begins with the call: “Inter-tribal dance”.

Hiy hiy and congratulations to all for a really wonderful 2018 Powwow season.

RL

8 thoughts on “Indigenous Prayers – Poetic Haikus In Motion

    • OMG, not a silly question at all. There are many, but not generally known to be honest. Clearing the Plains by James Daschuk is excellent and even though it specifies Canadian history, we really didn’t have that 49th parallel border. The experiences were the same. Some others are Custer Died for Your Sins, An Indian Manifesto; Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; Bad Indians. There are also several novels that have incorporated the culture into the tale in really genuine ways. There is a good pile to pick through really.

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      • I’ll have to try some of those. Years ago I read a book about Tecumseh, A Sorrow in Our Hearts, that was good. One of the things I’m looking for is something that describes the culture more than the clash with the people of European descent. Yes, very important history that I want to know more about as well. Thanks.

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