This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending my first Pow Wow. It was held at the Stewart Indian School in Carson City, Nevada. The school is now closed but it was originally opened in the late 1800’s with students from the local tribes: Washoe, Paiute, and Shoshone.
While I support the idea of making education available for everyone, I have mixed feelings about some of the history of education towards Native Americans. I have been told of situations where native children were taken away from the families and forced to adopt a foreign culture. Now I have no idea if any of this happened at this school, but it is something to be aware of. The location of the school is a series of beautifully constructed stone structures that acted as housing for the students as well as the classrooms. (To see more about Stewart Indian School go to http://www.stewartindianschool.com/index.html )
My focus for this trip was the people. I wanted to take photos of the Native Americans dressed in traditional gear for the event. This was something that I have wanted to attend for …oh about…30 years or so and I never had the chance or opportunity. So when this chance came available, I jumped at the opportunity. And after attending this one, I hope to attend other future Pow Wow events. The culture, the energy, and the spectacle of this event left a really positive impression upon me.
I really feel that the Native American tribes offer a valuable cultural aspect to American society. This is a unique culture that we as Americans can claim as part of our nation. We should be proud of it and take the time to enjoy it and preserve it.
The following pictures are just a few images of this event. Unfortunately, I only attended one day of a three day event in honor of Father’s Day.