As a local business, we are asked to sponsor many community events. This fall, we gladly helped sponsor a pow wow held in beautiful Central Park. Brock Anderson, a summer intern at the Knight Museum, organized the event which was held over a weekend in September.
The bright costumes, singing and dancing, brought smiles to the crowd of all ages. We would like to thank all of the pow wow participants for sharing your culture and talents with our community. It was our pleasure to help sponsor this event, thank you Brock for thinking of us, we’re already looking forward to next year.
A pow wow is a social gathering held by many different Native American communities. The word derives from the Narragansett word powwaw, meaning “spiritual leader”. A similar gathering by California Native People, usually in the fall, is called a Big Time. A modern pow wow is a specific type of event for Native American/First Nations people to meet and dance, sing, socialize, and honor their cultures. Pow wows may be private or public. There is generally a dancing competition, often with significant prize money awarded. Pow wows vary in length from a one-day event, to major pow wows called for a special occasion which can be up to one week long.