Red Earth Pow Wow Championship of Champions Contest

Each year the Red Earth Pow Wow holds a Men’s Fancy Feather contest dance competition. Through out the years the Pow Wow committee developed a competition of former winners of Red Earth Pow Wow Fancy Feather Contest and it’s called the Championship of Champions. …Red Earth Pow Wow Championship of Champions Contest »»

How the women’s Fancy Shawl Dance is Judged

The fancy shawl dance is a very aerobic, fast paced dance. Thus, this is usually considered a dance for the younger ladies and girls. However, dancers of any age may dance the fancy shawl dance, from babies to elders. …How the women’s Fancy Shawl Dance is Judged »»

Women’s Fancy Shawl Dance

The Women’s Fancy Shawl Dance is a relatively new addition to the pow wow dance competitions. Until fairly recently, women performed their fancy dancing in traditional garb. …Women’s Fancy Shawl Dance »»

The War Dance

The War Dance cannot function as it once did, but it is one of the principal features of a pow wow. Traditionally, the War Dance was a major event in itself that was performed after a battle to record the brave feats performed in battle, or to prepare for an upcoming battle. …The War Dance »»

Sneak Up Dance

The Sneak-Up Dance is an ancient storytelling dance having several origins, that became known as a Sneak Up Dance when it was performed in the Wild West Shows of the 1800s. …Sneak Up Dance »»

Men’s Grass Dance

Much has been written about the Grass Dance. Borrowed from the Omaha tribe, perhaps in the 1860s, this dance is very popular. Dancer’s outfits feature a good deal of colorful fringe, replacing the grasses dancers originally tucked into their belts. …Men’s Grass Dance »»

Men’s Fancy Dance

The Fancy Dance is a relatively new dance. The brilliantly colored feather bustles are said to have originated in Oklahoma in the early 1900s when promoters of large Native American ceremonials asked dancers to beautify their outfits for the spectators. …Men’s Fancy Dance »»

Men’s Traditional Dance

The men’s traditional dance is just that: a traditional dance held over from times when war parties would return to the village and dance out the story of the battle, or hunters would return and dance their story of tracking an enemy or prey. …Men’s Traditional Dance »»

Special Pow Wow Songs include the Flag Song, Honor Songs and Trick Songs

Several types of special songs are included in native American pow wows, including the Flag Song, Honor Songs, and Trick songs. …Special Pow Wow Songs include the Flag Song, Honor Songs and Trick Songs »»

Different types of songs are sung for different pow wow events

Different types of songs are sung for different pow wow events—Grand Entries, dance contests and honoring ceremonies. Songs are made for all reasons. Although they differ in tempo, words and emotion, pow wow songs all follow a similar structure. …Different types of songs are sung for different pow wow events »»

The Drum

Drums can come from a variety of sources. Some are handed down in a family; others are donated to a drum group. Older drums are made of deer, elk or horse hides, but contemporary bass drums can be purchased or renovated, and even blessed, just as are the older drums. …The Drum »»

Host drums and drum groups

Music for pow-wow dance competitions and other activities is provided by a “Drum,” which is a closely knit group of singers who play a large, specially designed drum and sing traditional songs. They are also often called a Drum Group. …Host drums and drum groups »»