Pow Wow Terminology

This section explains a bit of the history of the modern pow wow gathering, and some of the common terminology used at pow wows.

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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 … Continue reading

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.

The Announcer, Arena director, and Head Dancers

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.

Pow Wow Participants
The Grand Entry
The Powwow committee
History of the Modern Pow Wow
What is a pow wow?