Generations honor traditions at Pala Powwow


Thursday, August 29th, 2013
Issue 35, Volume 17.


Generations honor traditions at Pala Powwow - Ken Seals photo. - Members of the Color Guard enter the dance arena to take part in the Grand Entry procession for the 6th annual ‘Honoring Traditions’ Powwow on the Pala Reservation. The three-day event was open to the public.
Members of the Color Guard enter the dance arena to take part in the Grand Entry procession for the 6th annual ‘Honoring Traditions’ Powwow on the Pala Reservation. The three-day event was open to the public.

Generations honor traditions at Pala Powwow - Ken Seals photo. - Sonya Flores and her daughter Kiara, of Pala, prepare to take part in the Grand Entry ceremony August 24 at the 6th annual ‘Honoring Traditions’ Powwow on the Pala Reservation. According to Pala’s Rez Radio, 417 dancers from tribes all over the U.S. and Canada participated in the event.  
Sonya Flores and her daughter Kiara, of Pala, prepare to take part in the Grand Entry ceremony August 24 at the 6th annual ‘Honoring Traditions’ Powwow on the Pala Reservation. According to Pala’s Rez Radio, 417 dancers from tribes all over the U.S. and Canada participated in the event.  

Generations honor traditions at Pala Powwow - Ken Seals photo. - Sam Bearpaw leads the Grand Entry procession August 24 at the 6th annual Pala Powwow. Bearpaw is from the Apache Nation of Warm Springs and White Mountains of New Mexico.
Sam Bearpaw leads the Grand Entry procession August 24 at the 6th annual Pala Powwow. Bearpaw is from the Apache Nation of Warm Springs and White Mountains of New Mexico.

Generations honor traditions at Pala Powwow - Ken Seals photo. - A dancer shows his style and regalia at the Pala Powwow August 24 on the Pala Reservation. Hundreds of dancers and singers participated in the many competitions.
A dancer shows his style and regalia at the Pala Powwow August 24 on the Pala Reservation. Hundreds of dancers and singers participated in the many competitions.

Generations honor traditions at Pala Powwow - Ken Seals photo. - Women and children dance around the arena at the 6th annual Pala ‘Honoring Traditions’ Powwow August 24 on the Pala Reservation. The women are wearing “Jingle Dresses,” decorated with many small bells that “jingle” during the dancing.
Women and children dance around the arena at the 6th annual Pala ‘Honoring Traditions’ Powwow August 24 on the Pala Reservation. The women are wearing “Jingle Dresses,” decorated with many small bells that “jingle” during the dancing.

Generations honor traditions at Pala Powwow - Ken Seals photo. - Pistol Bearstail, Bismark, ND, has his regalia adjusted by his father in preparation for the Grand Entry at the Pala Pow Wow August 24. Bearstail is a member of the Hidata Sioux tribe.
Pistol Bearstail, Bismark, ND, has his regalia adjusted by his father in preparation for the Grand Entry at the Pala Pow Wow August 24. Bearstail is a member of the Hidata Sioux tribe.

Generations honor traditions at Pala Powwow - Ken Seals photo. - George Lone Elk, Lame Deer, MT, makes his way around the dance arena during the Grand Entry at the Pala Pow Wow August 24.  Lone Elk is a Northern Cheyenne.
George Lone Elk, Lame Deer, MT, makes his way around the dance arena during the Grand Entry at the Pala Pow Wow August 24. Lone Elk is a Northern Cheyenne.

Generations honor traditions at Pala Powwow - Ken Seals photo. - Regalia of all colors and styles is displayed by the competing dancers at the Pala Pow Wow, August 24. Dancers enter and circle the arena until is is full of men, women, teens and children contestants from many tribes and clans.
Regalia of all colors and styles is displayed by the competing dancers at the Pala Pow Wow, August 24. Dancers enter and circle the arena until is is full of men, women, teens and children contestants from many tribes and clans.

Generations honor traditions at Pala Powwow - Ken Seals photo. - Women watch the dancers circling the arena during the Grand Entry at the Pala Pow Wow on August 24.
Women watch the dancers circling the arena during the Grand Entry at the Pala Pow Wow on August 24.

Generations honor traditions at Pala Powwow - Ken Seals photo. - Dancers in the fancy category show how elaborate their regalia is from the back during the Pala Pow Wow August 24.
Dancers in the fancy category show how elaborate their regalia is from the back during the Pala Pow Wow August 24.

Generations honor traditions at Pala Powwow - Ken Seals photo. - Dennis Brown, a San Carlos Apache places the American flag during opening ceremonies at the Pala Pow Wow August 24.
Dennis Brown, a San Carlos Apache places the American flag during opening ceremonies at the Pala Pow Wow August 24.

Generations honor traditions at Pala Powwow - Ken Seals photo. - George Lone Elk, Lame Deer, MT, prepares him self mentally for the  dance competition at the Pala Pow Wod August 24.  Lone Elk is a Northern Cheyenne.
George Lone Elk, Lame Deer, MT, prepares him self mentally for the dance competition at the Pala Pow Wod August 24. Lone Elk is a Northern Cheyenne.

Generations honor traditions at Pala Powwow - Ken Seals photo. - Dancers circle the arena during the Grand Entry at the Pala Pow Wow August 24 on the Pala Indian Reservation.
Dancers circle the arena during the Grand Entry at the Pala Pow Wow August 24 on the Pala Indian Reservation.

Generations honor traditions at Pala Powwow - Ken Seals photo. - The drummers and singers of Blackstone Singers from Alberta, Canada, perform for the Grand Entry of Dancers at the Pala Pow Wow on August 24. g
The drummers and singers of Blackstone Singers from Alberta, Canada, perform for the Grand Entry of Dancers at the Pala Pow Wow on August 24. g

Generations honor traditions at Pala Powwow - Ken Seals photo. - Participants in the Tiny Tots category wait for their recognition during the dancing  competition at the Pala Pow Wow, August 24.
Participants in the Tiny Tots category wait for their recognition during the dancing competition at the Pala Pow Wow, August 24.

Generations honor traditions at Pala Powwow - Ken Seals photo. - Young ladies in the Junior category wait for the judges decisions on  their performances at the Pala Pow Wow August 24. Women dancers also performed in tiny tots, teens, adult women and golden age categories.
Young ladies in the Junior category wait for the judges decisions on their performances at the Pala Pow Wow August 24. Women dancers also performed in tiny tots, teens, adult women and golden age categories.


 

11 comments

Comment Profile ImageJustwondering
Comment #1 | Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 4:50 pm
Went to this..absolutely amazing.!
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #2 | Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:40 pm
A Native American holding the American flag. Hmm.
Comment Profile ImageZZZ
Comment #3 | Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 10:12 pm
People sometimes forget, the Indians were here long before all the immigrants from everywhere came and took over their land. I love that they still teach their children their heritage and make them a part of it. Lame Deer, Mt., lots of real cowboys and Indians still there!!
Comment Profile ImageJustwondering
Comment #4 | Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 8:32 am
And to add to this...there was also..PRAYER. Yes! PRAYING! at the beginning ! Wow..or should I say Pow...WOW!
Comment Profile ImageFYI
Comment #5 | Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 10:13 am
Lee and others ... Native tribes, as sovereign nations, deal with the federal government at the same level as state governors and by virtue of taxes paid ... yes, Natives pay federal taxes ... enjoy the same freedoms, benefits and protections as do all U.S. citizens. In return, Native Americans have the highest per-capita participation in the U.S. armed forces of any ethnic group. As a result, if anything, natives are even more likely to be seen honoring the American flag than the average American. Visit the tribute to "Sleeping Warriors" at the entrance to Pala Cemetery and see last year's Emmy award winning documentary at www.DefendingTheHomeland.com for more proof.

And to Ken Seals, thanks for the outstanding photography!
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #6 | Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 5:37 pm
Have known many, many an "America-loving" Indian; as FYI says, many have served - remember the Navajo code talkers? Ira Hayes? Michael E. Thornton, navy SEAL MOH recipient?
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #7 | Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 8:06 pm
@ FYI #5

My comment above was an extension to my comment #2 @ www.thevillagenews.com/story/70852
Comment Profile ImageWT
Comment #8 | Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 at 9:24 am
Lee: Nobody cares what your comment was an extension of. We know that nothing you say is either relevant or of any importance. However, it is your right to say whatever silly thing that comes into your head, so go ahead, waste our time.
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #9 | Sunday, Sep 1, 2013 at 7:46 am
@ #8 WT

Has the thought of you not reading my comments ever occurred to you?
Comment Profile ImageWT
Comment #10 | Sunday, Sep 1, 2013 at 10:55 am
@Lee: I didn't say it wasn't a source of entertainment. I enjoy a good laugh as much as the next guy.....
Comment Profile ImageQueen
Comment #11 | Monday, Sep 2, 2013 at 11:35 am
While oft times I disagree with Lee or don't quite understand what he says, with regards to Lee's post here (#2) and WT: WT, perhaps it would do you well to go read Lee's comments with regard to www.thevillagenews.com/story/70852 and you may have a different response to Lee's comment here....that is IF I understand Lee today.

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