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Monday, February 13, 2006

Sacred Run - Was that a pow wow in the photo?

It's been a restless night. I took a long nap this afternoon (thus pizza for dinner) and sometimes when I do that, I have trouble sleeping at night.

Janice left a comment about the Sacred Run and I didn't know the answer. She asked was the gathering in the photo a "pow wow". I didn't even know if that was a real word or one invented by Hollywood. I just checked one of the 940,000 references on google and the link goes to a Native American website with some wonderful information and photos.

Pow wow is a corrupted version of a Native American word. Janice was evidently correct in her understanding (they were chanting and teaching the kids at the same time) but my idea that a pow wow was a meeting or gathering wasn't too far off either. It's come to mean many things and the web site tells it better than I.

Click on the title to find out more.

11 comments:

Beth said...

There is a "pow wow" in our area every year. It is a three-day festival of all things native american. I take the kids for the drumming and the story-telling.

caroline said...

Oh wonderful! I had no idea it involved music and story telling either.

Jenorama said...

I will have troubles sleeping tonight due to my long nap today (which I needed because I was up last night due to yesterday's nap...)

Janice said...

Hi Ann,

Thank you for the link! I enjoyed reading that!

I just called it a Pow wow because that's what the one in Madera was called. But reading the history now I can understand the name, and the celebration a bit better. It's a wonderful way to celebrate the Native American history.

Janice~

Bridgermama said...

I have actually been to a Pow Wow and it was amazingly beautiful!

tatootim said...

Hi Mommy maraposa has a Pow Wow every year. I have been told it is a lot of fun.

Granny said...

I felt really silly not knowing exactly what it was. So many of these words had been made up for the movies I just wanted to make sure that the word was a real word. Does that make sense?

Granny said...

You buy them books, send them to school and they still can't spell. Tim my love that's Mariposa.

Sp00kalot said...

We have many pow wows at our house through out the year. Our group has used that term for like, ever, as well as shin-ding, when we par-tee. However, and even though Earl is part Cherokee, we do not wear feathers nor do we dance around fire. The neighbors would think us odd.

kuri & ping said...

That was a wonderful link. There are pauaus in the area where my parents live (New York), which I attended last year when I was in visiting from Japan. It was absolutely beautiful, and, although I was an outsider, no one was made to feel unwelcome.

Thanks for the link and the information!

Granny said...

Tim, if you get back here, the commenter you were wondering about is the famous Jen I'm always talking about.

Formerly of Blogging Baby. That Jen. When you said funny, I immediately thought of SpOOk-a-lot but they're good friends and they're both funny.