Native American Dance Gallery

Native American Dance :: Womens Fancy Shawl Dance Regalia

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Native American Events: Pow Wows Feature Native American Dance

What is a Native American Pow Wow?

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 :: Fast Paced Native American Dance Style

The Women’s Fancy Shawl Dance is a beautiful and very strenuous Native American dance style typically performed by younger ladies and girls at Native American events. It is a fast dance that requires stamina and gracefulness, along with intricate footwork. 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 il