This is reputed to be the oldest of all Pow Wows. It had special significance for me as my uncle, George Walker, was Superintendent of Schools on this reservation for many years. My three cousins grew up at Macy. Being there reminded me of all of my "Uncle Bud's" many kindnesses to me when I was growing up. I wish he were still with us so I could tell him first hand about this experience.
This Pow Wow is all about the dancing! Over 400 talented dancers performed during the Pow Wow and competed for the very lucrative prize money. Fortunately, our booth was near the arena so I got to peek in from time time. Unfortunately, I didn't get any good photographs due to the lights and the motion.
Meet Jaylene. When we setting up, this young lady came over and introduced herself. She is 12 and attends school on the Omaha Reservation. She appointed herself as my assistant. During the event, she dropped by often to straighten anything that appeared out of place on our table, ran errands, and kept us current as to what was going on. She is very bright, inquisitive, polite, and was a big help!
Meet Feather. Feather is Jaylene's baby sister. When Jaylene was not helping me, she was babysitting her little sister. Feather was so tickled that I couldn't get a good shot of her as would not stay still.
This is a young Omaha girl whose family purchased one of my barrettes to add to her new regalia. She is pleased to model it for you!
This is a Jingle dress. Jingles are round metal discs that are shaped into cones. These are attached to the regalia of little girls and women. There are special dances for Jingle Dancers at all Pow Wows. When they move, the motion causes the jingles to jingle. It is truly amazing to see an arena full of Jingle Dancers.
This young lady came to see the Pow Wow and purchased a pair of my Fan Fare earrings as a momento of her Pow Wow experience. She consented to modeling them for me.
This event began on Thursday evening. On Friday, it began at noon and the dancing continued until 3:00 a.m. Saturday! We didn't begin to put away our wares until 2:00. Patrick and I were staying at the Winnevegas Inn, 15 miles away, and didn't get to our room until 3:00. That is a record breaking day of vending for us....15 hours straight! On Saturday, the Pow Wow started again at noon and we left around 1:00 a.m. and felt like it was a short day....LOL! After all, it was only 13 hours! Sunday we left around 9:00 p.m. and returned to Omaha exhausted!
Maybe we will recover in time for the 205th Annual Omaha Pow Wow!