run according to ancient traditions common to many tribes.
Indian powwow has a sacred, meaningful purpose for many Indian tribes,
and reverence must be given during all activities. Powwow
common sense and consideration for others, Indian style. Without
all powwows would be unorganized; with them, Indians from many tribes
together in common celebration and great fun. The following
points of powwow
etiquette will help you to understand the happenings and prevent
doing something incorrectly, which may cause embarrassment or offend
walking, running or playing in the Dance
Arena is prohibited.
- Taping of songs is allowed only if permission has been granted by
the Head Singer of a Drum. Taping of certain songs may not be
permitted at the request of the singers.
- A dancer's feathers or other
parts of his or her regalia can be easily damaged by the oils and/or
dirt on a person's fingers. Much time and money has been invested
in the creation of these regalia pieces. In some instances, all
or part of the regalia may have been handed down through the
family. Therefore, please do not touch any part of a
- Permission to photograph dances and activities must be approved
and granted by the powwow committee. Additionally permission must
be requested and received from individuals before photographs are taken
outside the Dance Arena. No photography will be allowed in the
event of a special ceremony performed for a dropped eagle feather.
- No alcoholic beverages or drugs are allowed at the powwow.
- The benches around the dance area are for
dancers only and spectators should sit on benches, in lawn chairs they
have brought, or on the ground. NOTE: A blanket placed on a bench
or laid on the ground is the way to mark one's place. Never
remove or sit on anyone's blanket without permission.
- Visitors never enter the Dance Arena during the dance
session, except by invitation during specials. After the dance,
may come into the Dance Arena and speak to the singers and dancers if
enjoyed the powwow. Visitors may offer contributions to those