Womens Northern Traditional Cloth Dance Gallery

Native American Indian Pow Wow :: Womens Northern Traditional Cloth Dance Regalia

Photo Credit: Derek Mathews – Womens Northern Traditional Cloth Dance Pow Wow

American Indian Pow Wow :: Womens Northern Traditional Cloth Dance Dance Regalia

What is a Native American Pow Wow?

A Native American pow wow is a 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. For those events that are open to the public, Native American pow wows provide opportunities to educate non-natives about their culture and traditions. While Native American pow wows occur year-round, the majority 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 a list of pow wow events, see our Native American Pow Wow Calendar.

Women’s Northern Traditional – One of Oldest of Women’s Dance Styles

The Northern Traditional Women’s dance is known in powwow circles to be one of the oldest of all of the dances. Although the category is new to the powwow world, as women were not always allowed to dance, it is an example of an ancient style of dancing. This stately dance involves a slow-moving or non-moving bouncing step, rhythmically dipping and swaying to the beat of the drum.

Women’s Northern Traditional Regalia Styles

There are as many variations on the dress as there are individuals. The origin of each piece and its use also varies from tribe to tribe but many pieces have originated from the tools that women carried and used most often in their daily work such as awl cases, knife pouches and even straps used as horse whips or to bundle and carry things. Dresses of wool or other material are heavily decorated with beading, quillwork, elk teeth, bone or antler or shells. The colors for this dance tend to be more subdued than in other outfits.

Your Source For Native American Pow Wow Craft Supplies

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 women’s northern traditional 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 gallery.

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