The pow wow Gathering of Nations is an annual pow wow held each year in Albequerque, New Mexico. Native Americans from many different tribes come to share in the celebration of heritage and traditions. It is a way for Native Americans to connect with each other while keeping their culture alive through dance, song and storytelling. The pow wow Gathering of Nations provides opportunities to educate non-natives about Native American culture and traditions. The Gathering of Nations is only one of many pow wows held each year, the majority of which are held between Memorial Day and Labor Day throughout the US and Canada. They are an important part of Native American life and a lot of fun for all who attend. For information about the Pow Wow Gathering of Nations and other pow wow events, see our Native American Pow Wow Calendar.
The Men's Fancy dance (also referred to as Feather Dance) is usually considered the most spectacular of the men's pow wow dances. It is usually performed by younger, athletic dancers due to the strength and stamina required. Fancy dance contest songs are generally short, with a very fast tempo. It is very important for Fancy Dancers to know the song they are dancing to since they need to stop firmly on the last beat, and with the fast tempo it is almost impossible to do this without knowing the song.
Native American 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, elaborate beadwork, dance apron, Angora goat or Icelandic sheep half leggings topped by sheep bells, and moccasins. Accessories include a porcupine roach with two feathers that rock (or twirl) to the beat, and two arm bustles with brightly colored feathers are also often worn.
Crazy Crow Trading Post has long been your number one source for Native American Indian craft supplies for your Pow Wow regalia and other needs. This photo gallery represents men's feather dance outfits, both Northern and Southern Plains, mostly taken at Gathering of Nations Pow Wows 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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