I’m trained as an anthropologist and when you are an interested in other cultures and to other spiritual practices as I am, it is no surprise for me to be interested in other cultural festivals. I can appreciate the drumming and the dancing and the colourful costumes.
Apparently the “Native American Festival and Pow Wow” held at Stone Mountain Park (in November) is supposed to be the biggest gathering Native American Gathering in Georgia and one of the top tourist events in the South. So I went to experience a pow-wow even if it may have been one more for the tourists although if I can be honest I have no idea if it was accurate or not since I have never been to others.
In this one since it was a festival as well, they had a lot of vendors selling various crafts and supplies (I need to return with money some day as I can pick up Scrimshaw materials), there was also several reenactment type encampments which was very neat to look in to see the examples of the tipis, and there was a birds of prey exhibition. They had a family of Aztec Dancers as well and someone who played the Native Flute although they were not playing native tunes which is what I would have expected.
We didn’t get to see nearly as much of the dancing as I would have liked but part of that was because not only did it start to rain but we were so late getting back to that section of the festival that there were no places left to sit so we were standing.
Next year I am already planning on going again and being a little more prepared especially with money as there were several things I should have purchased.
What pow-wow if any have you been to? What did you enjoy about it? What would you recommend if I attended again?
Completed : 2017