Anne Anquoe (Southern
Traditional Dancer, Kiowa):
When youíre out there and youíre dancing the spirit
is there. You could feel it.
You could - your worst enemy, you could smile at him.
Thatís how good you feel. And Iím not kidding when I say that.
Your heart is just full, to me youíre just full right
here. Somebody go by that you donít really care for, you say hi,
or smile at Ďem or
something, and itís there.
Traditional Dancer, Assiniboine
First Nation): It
comes from the heart for dancing.
I could dance all day long, you know, go on and keep on
enjoying myself for the people, from the life of that drum that
theyíre giving and the singers around that drum, so that helps
me a lot, that really encourages me.
like it to where you could see the people where theyíre really
into the dancing part of it and put the money aside of it and thatís
what got me here, was my dancing to where I am today, to be Öpicked
up with many dancers to join a theater in New York City to travel
the world and Öexplain our culture.
Vendor, Cherokee): I
donít know how youíd have a powwow without having food. Native
dishes of different types. I donít know. How could you have a
festival, a celebration and not have special foods?
what Iím doing is tacos, Indian tacos
which originated in the Southwest and thereís quite a
history to them, quite a history to the bread. This is the
foundation of the Indian taco and what Iím frying right now is a
regular fry bread
and I also have some pumpkin fry bread which Iíll probably fry a
little later. Each stand is different. And we try to
reflect not only our own heritage but the heritage of the
are different everywhere, everywhere.
And with the kind of weather weíre getting here,
maybe I should be doing some corn soup.
Carver, Kispokotha Shawnee):
I specialize in wildlife native to eastern woodlands,
bears, buffaloes, cougars, eagles,
turtles, what have you.
I started this about five, six years ago and I started by
making a traditional pipe.
Thatís the first time I had ever carved stone. I
had never carved much wood or anything other than a little bit of
whittling and I fell in love with
it, so Iíve kind of stepped from making little pipe
carvings, I wanted to do bigger and better things, so here I am. I
do all the way up to life sized pieces.
use only hand tools, tools you see right here, carved every single
piece here including the life sized pieces.
donít find this same type of energy in a traditional or a
standard white art show. Thereís
plenty good energy at a regular art show, donít get me wrong, a
lot of artistic energy but itís not the same. Here the energy is
mixed with spirituality, much more. Itís much more important, a
lot more heart driven. It makes it a lot better for me. I like
being around the people. You canít get this cross section of
cultures in one place at one time at almost any other event.
Lone Goeman (Bone
Carver, Onondaga Nation ):
These little guys here are made from skulls of moose.
This one here Iím really kind of fond of because itís a man,
heís singing because his womanís going to give birth.
Heís honoring the power of the woman to give birth so
now this old skull has life again.
I can take this stuff and make it come back to life a
little. These are all horn buffalo shinbone mush spoons. Heís
had the bark bowls and stuff like this and everything they use to
scrape that mush. And these are old time hair combs. Comb it at
the bottom and they put in a tuft and they put it in the hair like
that and it sits in there. Those are all Iroquois pieces and we
also make custom lamps. My wife does the baskets and the
lampshades out of sweet grass and white ash, black ash.
Traditionally long ago design and color and material,
natural parts that were used for our regalia usually were
attributed to respect to
nature itself such as the grass dance
see the deer hooves or the hooves of elk or moose, the bones, the
various parts of each animal
were incorporated into our regalia as well as the
designs. Many of the designs youíll find today are out of
respect to tribal affiliation or clan membership or perhaps a
dream or a vision.
the advent of the white man and a lot of the Ė the materials
that they brought with them, the needle and the use of metal, seed
beads, porcelain, many of these things were added onto what we call the
traditional format of structuring and making things out of beauty.
The fluorescent colors are very bright so naturally would
get the judgeís attention, catch their eye as they come spinning
ago you could identify a dancer by looking at his regalia and knew
what tribe he came
from. You look at our regalias, a lot of it might not necessarily
be traditional as it
is being Ė becoming more Pan American. In other words, everyone
copies from one another, borrows from one another.
My Indian name is Powerful Walking Wolf. As a little boy,
I got to grow up dancing all my life since I was a little fellow.
My friend here, he
came to me in a dream when I was like young, maybe 15,
16, 17 years ago. He would come to me and talk to me. I used to
give out offerings to him to come closer to my house, to my fatherís
house They took me
out in the wintertime and we tracked down these coyotes and we
talked to them, they asked them - health and life, you know, from
there we would chase them down on horseback. They made me jump on
one. To take it myself. His own life with my life together, we
were both together. So
from there we went on and time came on to paint the face
of the warriors of the red, yellow for the sun people, the young
generation, the black for the elderly and the sick for the lonely
people, the ones that are hurting and mourning.
is the circle of life and to our people at home each feather
represents - these are your mother and your father, and each one
was your brother and your sister and your family and your
relatives. Each feather represents what you put on your bustle.
And my breach cloth here, my drag here is I have an emblem here of
a black tail thatís kind of part of my Indian name going along
with the wolf helping me in life. These
here represent the tracks of this other friend of mine here, the 4
tracks that he has and walks through life with it, and I walk with
him with - with that life.
The tail feathers here, and I took the two out there for
my roach for the top of the veteranís - yellow dots on here of
the warriors that did a feat in life and helped their tribe in