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 Including history, modern aspects, & comparison to gatherings among other groups, explain what is a “powwow”?

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A pow wow is a gathering of members of one or more native American tribes. At such gatherings, traditional activities including dance, drumming, singing, traditional arts and crafts, and foods are shared among participants and made available for purchase and educational purposes to non-tribal visitors.

Dances accompanied by drumming and singing/chanting played an important role in the oral history of many North American tribes. Pow wows preserve these traditions for future generations and for the understanding of outside cultures. Contemporary pow wows often include competitions for dancers with monetary prizes awarded for best dancers and most authentic apparel.

Attached is a link to a 2012 calendar of pow wows around the United States.

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