We attended an Indian Pow-wow hosted by the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) tribe. We learned that a pow-wow is a gathering of Native-American people to dance, sing and honor their culture. The music is provided by drums and singers in the center of the arena. Dancers circle the musicians dressed in their fine regalia.
Competition divides the dancers by age and dress – traditional, fancy and jingle. The fancy feather dancers spin and leap in their brightly colored regalia with a double bustle of feathers. The comparable women’s class is the fancy shawl with long flowing streamers in bright colors. It was great fun to watch dancers of all ages circle and spin.