1. Be on time. The Committee is doing everything possible to ensure that activities begin and run smoothly. Please cooperate in this regard.
2. Appropriate dress and behavior are required in the Arena. Anyone unwilling to abide by this rule will be asked to leave by the Arena Director. (If you are going to dance, try to wear dance clothes.)
3. Arena benches are reserved for dancers in dance clothes. Dancers wishing to
reserve a space on the
4. Listen to the Master of Ceremonies. He will announce who is to dance, and when.
5. Respect the position of the Head Man and Head Woman Dancers. Their role
entitles them to start each
6. Dance as long and as hard as you can. When not dancing, be quiet and respect the Arena.
7. Be aware that someone standing behind you may not be able to see over you.
Make room, step aside,
8. Show respect to the flag and honor songs
by standing during "Special" songs, stand in place until the
9. While dancing at any powwow, honor the protocol of the sponsoring group.
10. Some songs require that you dance only if you are familiar with the routine or are eligible to participate. Trot dances, snake, buffalo, etc. require particular steps or routines. If you are not familiar with these dances, observe and learn. Watch the Head Dancers to learn the procedures. Only Veterans are permitted to dance some Veteran's songs; listen to the MC for instructions.
11. The Flag Song, or Indian National Anthem, is sung when the American Flag is
raised or lowered.
12. Powwows are non-profit. It depends upon donations, raffles, blanket dances,
etc. for support.
13. Certain items of religious significance should be worn only by those
qualified to do so. Respect the
14. Giveaways, attributes of Indian
generosity, are held at many dances. They
are acknowledgments of
NOTE: All specials and giveaways must be coordinated with the Master of
Ceremonies. During the
If you wish to ask for a song from the drum in honor of someone, they will be
glad to announce the song
15. The Drums will be closed unless permission to be seated is given by the Head
singer. Any drums
16. If at any time you are uncertain of procedure, etc., please check with the
MC, Arena Director, or Head
17. Take a chair. Most Pow Wows are
in open fields and will not have seating for
the public or enough
18. No Alcohol or drugs are allowed at Pow Wows.
19. If taking pictures, asked the dancer first. Remember common courtesy and ask
Remember that in each area you travel
to and visit, things can and will be slightly different than your area. Different
groups and have different customs and methods of doing things.
Different is not wrong, just different. Be respectful of the uniqueness of each
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