By Morgan Farrell
TTB Little Sees Many Horses
The theme of the 2014 Fall Pow-Wow was “Mic-O-Lympics.” It gave the games an Olympic spin that was enjoyed by all who attended. Throughout Friday and Saturday, there were competitions for all Tribesmen to participate, whether it be the Mic-O-Lympics games, the costume competitions at the Friday night Pow-Wow, or the dance and dance team competitions at the Saturday night Pow-Wow. There were plenty of chances for Tribesmen to take home ribbons and even medals for those that dominated their event.
Tribesmen began showing up around 5 p.m. to register and set up camp. At 8 p.m. the weekend officially began with the Friday night Pow-Wow. There were fancy and traditional costume competitions for all ranks and paint stations. There was also a dance exhibition for all the new Braves to learn how to dance. After the Pow-Wow, all Tribesmen moved to the Handicraft Corral for a cracker barrel to end the night.
Saturday began with an amazing breakfast in the Dining Hall. After breakfast, Tribesmen moved to attend their dance team meetings in various locations on Camp. There they introduced all the new Braves and elected their Warrior’s Council representative. Most Tribesmen then enjoyed a free hour before attending their respective rank and paint station meetings. Warriors spent their time learning proper dance technique, Firebuilders were shown how to build a proper fire, Tom-Tom Beaters reviewed drumming and chants, and Runners and Keepers discussed various things. It was a very productive morning.
After lunch in the corral, the games began. The games were spread all over Camp and gave Tribesmen they chance to do everything from hitting home runs to targeting their favorite Chieftain with a water balloon launcher. At the end of the afternoon, the winners of the events were awarded medals. Also occurring throughout the day was the Trader’s Midway. Many items were traded including patches, beads, costume parts and knives. It was a very successful afternoon.
The evening began after a wonderful dinner in the Dining Hall before everyone moved to the council ring for the Saturday night Pow-Wow. In between the presentation of ribbons for dance and costume competitions, there were special Pow-Wows led by Tom-Tom Beaters from the various dance teams. Robidoux started off the night with their Pow-Wow. Then we moved on to White Shield, then Maha/Otoe/the Wichita wanderer, and then ended the night with an awesome Pow-Wow from Crossed Arrows/Lone Star. Maha/Otoe/the Wichita wanderer took home Fourth Place, Robidoux took Third, Crossed Arrows/Lone Star took Second, and the White Shield team inched away from the others to take home First.
Directing Medicine Man Walks Tall shared his words of closing and the night ended with a fireworks display for all to enjoy. It was an amazing end to a fantastic weekend on our Reservation.
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