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Texas powwows bring massive Indigenous community together


December 22, 2021

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it wasn’t uncommon for Brody Screaming Eagle to attend several powwows a year. The powwow trail, which stretches across North America, meant he often saw friends from tribes far and wide nearly every weekend. The pandemic, however, changed that, forcing many organizers to postpone or cancel their events altogether.

While missing the community and the energy, Screaming Eagle, a Houstonian who is of Cherokee and Ojibwe descent, did the closest thing he could. Trying to replicate the experience, he put on powwow music at home, taking to his backyard or living room, and stomping his feet to the sounds of the recorded drums.

It didn’t compare, he said.


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