People don't usually associate a city like Baltimore with American Indian culture or society, however there are over 5,000 registered within the city. This event is the annual intertribal pow wow held in the city each year. In addition to the thousands of visitors to this event, there are often hundreds of Native Americans involved too.
The clothing that is worn at celebrations and events such as this is typically referred to as regalia. Many First Americans, take offense to the term "costume" as it is generally thought to refer to the "red face savage" costumes worn at halloween. The dress this young woman is wearing is called a jingle dress, and may carry as many as 700 bells. According to what I have learned and been told, the dress and associated dance has their origin with the Ojibwe people of northern Minnesota. It is said that a medicine man had a vision that if he dressed his sick grand daughter in such a dress she would be healed. So he made her a such a dress. When it came time to dance, she was so ill that she had to becarried around the circle. On the second time around the circle, she could barely walk and required the aid of several women. On the third time, she was able to walk. Finally on the fourth time, she was able to dance and was cured of her illness. It is also said that to dance makes the bells happy and hence they jingle in joy.
This shot catches my attention, because as this young lady passes, you can see that she seems to have captured the attention of the young man in the background. I wonder if this may be the start of a love affair?
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scobert (5355) 2007-03-28 18:38
Another very good pow wow photo. I like the boy on the right who is making eye contact with the girl dancing. This really draws the viewer into this photo. Good composition. Good Photo! I posted one yesterday if you would like check it out.
RSK (36) 2007-03-28 18:52
Hi Ned,you certainly captured this young girl enjoying the pow-wow.It can be very difficult to get a clear shot like you have,as there are so many visual things that can get in the way of a good shot,well seen & well caught.
Flavia (10352) 2007-04-23 15:13
Wonderfull picture need dinamic and with a nice bouquet. She is a really beautiful little girl. Besides that the picture is very live with all the colors. The focus is perfect and the composition including the little admirer is fantastic. Well seems and executed.
- Copyright: Ned Messerschmidt (nmess) (2301)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-08-27
- Categories: Daily Life, Festivals, Ceremony, Event, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor 24-85 MM f/2.8-4D IF AF Zoom, RAW @ ISO 200, UV
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Let's Pow Wow [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-03-28 18:27