Posted 08.09.06

EVANSVILLE, VT | At the Clan of the Hawk Abenaki (pronounced Ah-ben-ah-key ) Tribal Grounds on Route 58 here, the fifteenth annual Inter-tribal Powwow recently represented two days of fun and fellowship with other tribes, in addition to spiritual and cultural reinforcement.

The word "powwow," which we associate with the powwow celebrations, or with powwow dances, actually began as a name. According to Internet sources and the dictionary, the term came from the Algonkian-speaking Narragansett Indians of New England.

The word referred, not to a dance or celebration, but a council or gathering. When the English met with Indian leaders they would "powwow" together

Traditions of drumming, dancing, and tribal regalia mixed with crafts and good food under a warm mid-summer sun. For the travelers to the powwow, traditional teepees or wigwams, gave way to more practical and conventional creature-comfort laden travel trailers parked nearby where guests camped during the two-day event

Dancer "Otter" (above); a Pueblo, Pequot, Blackfoot mix, did her interpretive dance to drumming by "First Light ' drum group, lead by Robin Buttle, official "Keeper of the Drum" from Williamstown, MA.


This open dancing followed the traditional Grand Entry, which was, as custom dictated, not to be photographed. Below multi-tribal chief "Grandfather" Phil Thibault from Swanton, Vermont greets and old friend.


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