Coeur d’Alene Tribal Pow Wow

One of the locals told me about this event which was being held at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds.  It is an authentic Native American Pow Wow being hosted by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.  A pow wow is a celebration, social gathering and friendly dance competition all rolled into one.  It isn’t a party or an event just put on for show, but a serious part of Indian life and tradition.  A prayer was spoken by one of the tribal elders, first in English and then in his native tongue.  Persons of all tribes are welcome at a pow wow, as are non-Indians, and this is supposedly the largest in the Pacific Northwest.  They call it Julyamsh.

The lower picture is the start of the entry ceremony, where all the participants proceed to the center of the arena accompanied by chanting and the beating of drums.  This is where the dance competition would take place.  There were many more participants waiting in the wings when I took this picture.

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