Hon-Dah’s Pow Wow in the Pines
Saturday & Sunday, June 2nd & 3rd, 2012
Hundreds of Native American Pow Wows are presented yearly throughout the U.S. and are known for the colorful regalia of the dancers and for the unique drum/vocal groups. Pow Wows are an important way for American Indians to express their cultural heritage and to preserve significant traditions.
The dancers and costumes are entertaining and beautiful to watch, but much more lies beneath the surface. Dances usually represent aspects of Native American spirituality, emotion, history, and traditional society. Dance regalia are colorful and are made of a variety of materials like buckskin, feathers, beads, fringe, and jingles.
Some of the more common dance categories include Gourd Dancing, Traditional Northern and Southern, Traditional Grass, Fancy Dance, Traditional Shawl, and Traditional Jingledress. Watch the Grand Entry at a Pow Wow – it’s when all of the dancers enter the performance area. It’s an incredible feast for the eyes!
Drum groups provide the rhythms and sounds that are essential to a Pow Wow. The energy level attained at an event is created by the drum groups – and their music is always haunting, spiritual, and uplifting.
Referred to as drum groups, these ensembles are first and foremost singers who sit in small circles that surround a drum that is played. Most groups have a lead singer who starts each song. Typically, Pow Wows are hosted by a Northern and a Southern drum group.
While enjoying a Pow Wow, be mindful of expected etiquette. Here are some tips to follow: Certain rituals require that you stand. Pointing your finger at a person is considered impolite. Close-up photos should be taken outside of the dance area and with the permission of your subject. Do not touch costumes without permission. Alcohol and drugs are not allowed. Listen to the Master of Ceremonies for instructions and prompts.
The 15th annual Pow Wow in the Pines is featured at Hon-Dah Resort Casino on Saturday & Sunday, June 2nd and 3rd at the Hon-Dah festival grounds located 3 miles south of Pinetop. Dancers and drum groups will be competing for over $39,500 in prize money. Food and Native American arts/crafts vendors will be on hand.
Hon-Dah, with an elevation of 7,200 feet, is found in the heart the White Mountains scenic high country and is 20-30 degrees cooler than Arizona’s desert valleys. The area is known for its pine-covered mountains, lakes and streams, cultural attractions, and recreational opportunities like camping, fishing, hiking, hiking, and golfing.
Admission is free to the public, but spectators are requested to bring cans of food to be
donated to the local food bank.
For more information about Pow Wow in the Pines call 800-929-8744 (WAY-UP-HI), ext. 7576 or visit www.hon-dah.com.