events and news of the Inali Dancers, an intertribal native dancing, singing, and culture group in western illinois

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Pimitoui Powwow

I was very pleasantly surprised at the powwow last weekend. After hearing a number of rumors of doom and gloom, it turned out really good. There were a decent number of dancers, especially saturday afternoon, including at least one of all the eight major styles. There were also several gourd dancers, which is always nice. Quite a few spectators also showed up, and they seemed to have a fine time.
After hearing that only a couple of vendors would be there, a number more showed up, and looked like they were selling. To top it all off, the weather was absolutely perfect, clear and dry, not too hot or too cool.
There was exhibition dancing saturday afternoon, and that evening a really fun snake dance and buffalo dance. Only two drums started (Eagle Ridge and Spirit of the Rainbow), but later a drum from Arizona set up (I can't remember the name, it was Navaho), which was really neat.
All in all, a fine powwow. It shows that there is still a lot of support for this powwow in the community. If they can solve a few problems (no guarantee,I know), Return to Pimitoui could have a bright future after all.

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