Twice a year a campground near the town of Loudonville hosts a Native American Pow Wow, which is a celebration featuring Native Music/Chants, Dancers, Crafts and skills.
First up was a fire starter – who was able to lite a fire with a bow, wood and (I believe) flint in about 30 seconds with some dry grass.
There were numerous craft booths featuring Native items.
some made onsite
The hoop dance was excellent, as the dancer was able to pick up and feature 9 hoops with grace and ease. It is not a traditional dance, most recently added in the 1930s.
The opening ceremony featured all the dancers arriving in an ‘inter-tribal’ dance.
Interestingly there was an amazing amount of patriotism displayed.
The costumes were very ornate.
There were 3 drum circles who provided the singing/chanting and drums for the dancers. The drummers were very impressive.
It was a great day of watching a celebration of traditional Native American culture.