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Powwows and Sundances are not the same


Hau Mitakuepi (Greetings My Relatives),

August or Wasuton wi (Moon when all things ripen), of 2015 proved to be an absolute scorcher! As with all things, “some like it hot--some like it cold.”

Although record heat blanketed our area this past summer, not only is it a time when things ripen but it is a time when Indians like to Pow-wow. One of our most important and sacred ceremonies, the Sundance, is held throughout Indian country as well. So what’s the difference many of our non-Indian brethren always want to know? Prompted by reader inquiry here are some thoughts about that very topic.

Many things are told about these cultural and spiritual events held literally around the globe these days. There are Pow-wows and Sundances held routinely throughout many European countries and therein lies the rub for many Indian people.


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