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POWWOW ETIQUETTE

POWWOW ETIQUETTE

  • Powwows are fun events, but they are also sacred events. Ceremonial songs and dances, which are sacred are performed from time to time throughout the powwow.
  • People should stand during all ceremonial songs and dances. These include the Grand Entry, Flag Songs, Veteran Songs, Honour Songs and any other songs that the M.C. designates as ceremonial songs.
  • Do not  take any photos or video or sound recordings of ceremonies without asking permission from the person or group you are recording. Some areas of Turtle Island do not allow the recording of ceremonies, period.
  • People should listen to the M.C. because he will announce the different songs and will also let people know when they can dance and when they cannot. He will also give our other information and news.
  • Respect the Elders, drummers, singers, dancers, and the powwow staff and committee.
  • The dancers wear regalia while they are dancing, not "costumes". People should not touch the regalia.
  • Appropriate dress and behaviour are required in the dance area.
  • People should take good care of their children at powwows.
  • Do not hold children while dancing in the dance area. The child may be construed as a gift to the Creator.
  • Do not run around the dance area. Always walk in a clockwise direction when you are in the dance area. Horseplay is not tolerated.
  • Do not bring alcohol or drugs to a powwow. Do not come to a powwow while you are intoxicated.
  • Dogs are not allowed around the powwow area.
  • Bring your own chairs. Do not sit on someone else's chair unless you have their permission.
  • Remember you are a guest. Have fun, ask questions and meet people.