A Native American powwow celebrates the heritage and traditions of Native Americans. It is a way for Native Americans to connect with each other while keeping their culture alive through dance, song and storytelling. Most powwows are open to the public, and provide opportunities for non-natives to learn about Native American culture and traditions. While Native American powwows occur year-round, most are held between Memorial Day and Labor Day throughout the United States and Canada. They are important to Native American life and a lot of fun for those who attend. For a list of powwow events, see our Native American Powwow Calendar.
The Men's Fancy dance (also referred to as Feather Dance) competition is usually considered the most spectacular of the men's powwow dances. It is usually performed by younger, athletic dancers due to the strength and stamina required. Feather dance contest songs are generally short, with a very fast tempo. While all contest dancers need to know the songs to stop firmly on that last beat, it's particularly important for a feather dancer as 'nailing' the end of a very fast song is almost impossible without knowing the song.
Native American Fancy Dance regalia are made of bright colors with colorful fringes, ribbons or other items that flow with the movements of the dancer. Most dancers wear two colorful feather bustles in back, a dance apron and headband with elaborate beadwork, Angora goat or Icelandic sheep half leggings topped usually by sheep bells, and moccasins. Accessories include a porcupine roach with two feathers that stay in constant motion to the beat, and often two arm bustles with brightly colored feathers.
Crazy Crow Trading Post has long been your number one source for Native American Indian craft supplies for your Powwow regalia and other needs. This photo gallery represents men's feather dance outfits, both Northern and Southern Plains, mostly taken at Gathering of Nations Powwows in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We thank Derek Matthews of Gathering of Nations, and others who have given permission to present these photos in this gallery.
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