An American Indian powwow is a celebration of American Indian culture, heritage and traditions. It is a way for Native American people to come together to visit and keep their culture alive by dancing, singing and storytelling. Often open to the public, American Indian powwowsprovide opportunities to educate non-natives about their culture and traditions. While American Indian powwows occur year-round, the majority are held between Memorial Day and Labor Day throughout the USA and Canada. They are an important part of Native American life and fun for all who attend. For a list of powwow events, see our American Indian Powwow Calendar.
The Men's Fancy dance (also referred to as Feather Dance) competition is 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.
American Indian Fancy Dance regalia are brightly colored, with fringes, ribbons or other items flowing continuously with the movements of the dancer. Most dancers wear two colorful feather bustles in back and in front a dance apron with intricate beadwork. Angora goat or Icelandic sheep half leggings are worn at the calf and usually topped by sheep bells. Moccasins are also worn and other accessories include a porcupine roach with two feathers that rock (or twirl) to the beat, and 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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