Splendor in the pines.

After missing the Menominee Nation Pow-Wow the past couple of years, I made a point of doing what I could to get there it this year. With the help of a friend and good timing, I was able to go. Fortunate me.

I absolutely love going to pow-wows; few things move me as much as they do. This one in particular is the pinnacle of pow-wows for me. It is in Keshena, the town on the reservation where my dad was born and raised. The location is perfect. It is held in a bowl set in a stand of mature pines. A myriad of bright colors dancing combined with sounds of drumming, singing and chanting filled the Woodland Bowl beautifully.

There are so many aspects of this pow-wow that have an impact on me, but one that is on the top of that list is seeing native youth so actively participate in these events. It is amazing to see them display so much pride. It seriously moves me to my core. Seeing the Native American heritage being passed down to the youth gives me hope that native ways won’t be lost into oblivion.

I brought equipment with me because I very much wanted to photo and video document this incredible happening. I had been watching the weather and it appeared there was a strong possibility of rain forecasted. So I did my anti-rain dance. I guess whatever I did, worked. It only sprinkled for a very brief time. I managed to capture some nice imagery, which happens rather effortlessly at this event.

I encourage you to take in the beauty of this or any other pow-wow if you have the opportunity, you won’t regret it. And, try the fry bread while you’re there. Yum.

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