Yesterday, my good friend, Niki, called me up out of the blue and asked me if I wanted to go with her to a pow wow. I told her that I had no clue what a pow wow was, but hell yeah! Why not?
The Gateway to Nations Pow Wow took place here in NYC at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn this past weekend. It is put on by the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, which is “a not for profit organization founded and maintained by Native American artists and educators residing in the New York City area.” They aim to educate the public about the arts, culture, and history of the various Native American tribes that some New Yorkers are a part of, as well as to help their children retain their culture and traditions in the following generations.
It was quite humbling to see some of the ancient dances that are still being passed down, from way before the history of the United States. In addition to the Native Americans represented from the areas that are now the 50 states, there were many Tainos (natives of some of the Caribbean islands), as well as some native people from Mexico. Check out some of the neat photos and videos before, and if they don’t look interesting, it is only because I am a shitty fucking photographer.