This past weekend was the Gathering of All Nations Pow Wow in Winchester, and both visitors and participants from many tribes enjoyed the days.
The Grand Entry was a solemn procession as the flags of all the branches of the military were brought in by veterans, some who had served in multiple tours of duty both past and present. Each flag was placed around the circle and as phones were turned off and cameras put away, the ceremony began. The culmination was thanks given to those both tribal and non-tribal members of the military who were praised for their honorable duty.
Following the Grand Entry was inner tribal dancing which included anyone who wanted to participate, from little ones to older people in the crowd. As the day went on people began to pick up the moves and steps of the dances. Whether it was the beautiful butterfly dance, shawl dance, or grass dance–the colors and movement were a sight to behold.
Surrounding the circle were vendors of all kinds selling handmade moccasins, carvings, jewelry, food and wonderful scents of sage. Many campsites were set up including one with a Tee Pee.
It was difficult to pull away from the excitement of the dance and celebration, but as the day grew long we had to leave our glimpse of another world in another time. Our third Pow Wow this year, and certainly not our last as they have become a family favorite.
Karole Passmore is a freelance writer who enjoys writing articles and short stories, interviewing local people, and researching non-fiction subject matter– preferably historical. Graduate of RHS, Ivy Tech Richmond, and Earlham College– with a major in History, Karole has spent most of her life in Wayne County and enjoys the quaint atmosphere of a small town.
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