Thunderbird Pow Wow

The 34th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow was held on the grounds of Queens County Farm Museum. There was an arts and crafts fair with various food trucks and tents. Plenty of entertainment was performed throughout the day from over 40 different Indian nations as they represented their tribe with traditional dances.

The drum circle was quite engaging. Off to the side and all together the spiritual Native American men beat the rawhide with their decorative wooden drum sticks while chanting and singing. I was mesmerized and lost in trans letting my heart beat with theirs as one. There was a group of graceful twirling ladies at the center of the apple orchard dancing to the rhythm with their colorful Northern Shawls, the fringe glided through the sun warmed breeze. Dancing light on their feet their elegant  movement made them look like floating butterflies.

I’m infatuated! My eyes were darting with excitement from all the beautiful traditional regalias. There were so many different tribes with their own distinctive style. These indigenous outfits are heavily decorated with ribbon appliques, beading, feather bustles, dance bells, angora fur, mirrors, leather fringe & nomadic hair piped bandoliers worn across the body. Some held dance sticks which symbolized old style weapons. Even the hard sole moccasins were covered with beads, fringe and fur. The colorful roach headdresses were the main attraction. Adorned with long porcupine hair which swayed with the movement of their flashy dance steps, some had bone, others had stacked feathers & beaded medallions. Festive face paint was applied to the cheekbones, along and beside the eyes and some even covered the face.

There was a mother and son duo I adored so much. Mom was gorgeous, she has a keen sense of style plus she knows how to pair her colors. Even though her son was loaded with layers upon layers she was able to do it tastefully. Their swift moves went perfectly with the melody and they knew exactly how to work the crowd with their charm. The toddler was so cute… he was missing his two front teeth. Adorable!

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