Saturday we took the entire family out to a fundraiser.
Sounds terribly boring right? Well this fundraiser was for an up coming PowWow that we've been invited to.
This was put on by several local tribes, mostly Cherokee.
You all know by now that I am Blackfoot, but since I live too far from the Blackfoot reservation to participate in my tribal celebrations I was thrilled to be invited to join some locals in theirs.
Traditional food. Similar to the Blackfoot diet of wild fruits, vegetables, roots, berries and such.
A Cherokee day camp used during migrations.
Elise and her daughter in Cherokee reservation trade cloth dresses.
A very nice Pawnee man that shared a bit about his tribe with me.
Emerson a very sweet Apache whom gave me a beautiful gift. (I'll show you later)
Mowhawk target practice.
He also showed their blow guns.
The food. Indian tacos. A yummy meal that became traditional to most tribes once living on reservations.
Flour was new to Indians and so it was put to use, mixed with water and salt and fried to golden. Fry bread is then cover with beans, meat and veggies and it is the yum!
Dancing! There is always lots of dancing when you get a bunch of Natives of any tribe together.
Sorry I didn't get many pictures of the dancing. I was busy dancing myself.
I just can't stand still once the drum starts beating and the singer lets out his first call.
My little Blonde, blue eyed Indians
Look at my little pale face girls in their ceremonial paint!
Well after hours of dancing, food and many new friends I am still worn out but very happy!
This is my gift from Emerson and his wife Kae.
It is traditional to give a gift to a new adopted family member. I am honored to be a member of the Yellow feather clan. The drawing is of a fire hawk, a symbol of wisdom and spirit and of a turtle, a symbol of strength. On the turtles back is a medicine wheel which represents our spiritual beliefs of unity. Each color represents a direction, element, season, stage of life and a race of people. All in fours and always conected.
It is a beautiful gift and a good offering!