Powwows are American Indian events that feature, among other things, Native American dance and song. They are a celebration of heritage and traditions, and 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, offering opportunities to educate non-natives about their culture and traditions, including many different styles of Native American dance styles. While powwows occur year-round, most are held between Memorial Day and Labor Day throughout the US and Canada. They are an important part of Native American life and lots of fun for all who attend. For a list of Native American events, see our Native American Dance Calendar.
Women's Fancy Shawl Dance is the most modern of the ladies' dances, providing young ladies the opportunity to demonstrate individual agility and grace. Fancy shawl dance steps are individually choreographed, and often very intricate, but are always in harmony with the beat of the drum, the grace of the woman always being expressed. The dress is brilliantly colored, and often adorned with beautifully designed beadwork. Beadwork is often a compliment to the shawl which is an integral part of the dance.
Each dancer wears a fancy shawl decorated with colorful designs made of appliqué, ribbons and painting. The shawl has long fringe or ribbons that flow with the movements of the dancer. Fancy Shawl Dancers create the illusion of a butterfly floating through the air by dancing lightly on their feet and twirling around with their shawl extended like butterfly wings.
Women's Fancy Shawl regalia seen at powwows includes a dress or skirt, leggings, moccasins, and, of course, a beautifully decorated fancy shawl. The shawl, usually made of colorful lightweight fabric, is worn over the shoulders. It is decorated with appliqués, paint, and ribbons in a way that has meaning to the dancer. The dress or skirt and leggings can either be plain or decorated, but they are made of fabric and colors that coordinate with the fancy shawl.
Crazy Crow Trading Post has long been your number one source for powwow craft supplies for your Native American Pow Wow regalia and other needs. This gallery represents Women's Fancy Shawl Dance outfits, 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 Women's Fancy Shawl Dance gallery.
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