Toppenish Pow Wow

I was blessed to be able to attend a pow wow in the Toppenish long house last Saturday evening. It was a really interesting time and I had never been to the long house in Toppenish – turns out it is basically next door to the casino. I was there for about four hours and gave Stephen and a couple of his friends a ride home when it was over. I got to eat some fry bread which was awesome and just sort of take in the culture.

I was going to try to come up with something culturally or spritually relevant to say, but I am too tired and I don’t think I understand Pow Wows enough to really say much about them other than they are really exciting and beautiful. I will say that this is only an aspect of the culture here, so when you watch the videos, you might imagine what it would be like if someone decided our whole culture looked like an episode of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Fancy Dance at Pow Wow from chuck clevenger on Vimeo.

Stacy dances Traditional at Topppenish Pow Wow from chuck clevenger on Vimeo.

This second video is our friend Stacy, who is a member of the Hope Fellowship Group.

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