Thursday, August 9, 2012

New Hampshire Pow Wows

Pow Wows were originally held in the spring to celebrate the new beginning of life. It was a time for people to get together, sing, dance, renew old friendships and make new ones.

Today Pow Wows, or celebrations, are very much a part of the lives of many Native American people. Pow Wows are a mixture of celebration, social gatherings and friendly dance competitions, shared by the " Generations" of people. But, as the sacred thread that runs through all life, there are sacred traditions to be found in this coming together of people.
Indian Summer              Cards                 Fine Art Prints

Pow Wows vary in size and are held throughout the country. The Mt Kearsarge Indian Museum Pow Wow is probably the fastest growing Pow Wow in the state and an ideal way to start if you have never been to one because there will be lots of other "first-timers". You need not be Native American to attend but in many cases exhibitors are required to be of Native descent.

A number of small local Pow Wows pop up every year around the state but whether they will continue from one year to another is unpredictable. 

Spirit Pony Among Teepees  (aka Black Elk's Vision)         Cards               Fine Art Prints

Other annual Pow Wows include The Laconia Indian Historical Society Pow Wow, annually held on Labor Day weekend. You can check on updated activities at their Facebook Page of their Website. LIHS also sponsors a learners Day and Four Winds Family Pow Wow earlier in the summer in the town of Sanbornton. 

The "Honoring of the Elders Native American Inter-Tribal Pow Wow"

that has been operating for more than 25 years is held at the Tamworth Camping Area in the town of Tamworth. It is held in late May annually.

Dartmouth College that has a long involvement with Native peoples holds a Pow Wow on Mother's Day Annually.

The Rose and the Headdress

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