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The contemporary Pow Wow is a link to the past that helps maintain Native American heritage. Seen by outsiders as entertainment due to the singing, dancing and colorful regalia, the Pow Wow is a spiritual legacy which should be treated with respect and honor. It is a time for Native American families to be together with other family members and friends. It is a time of sharing, of laughter and tears, of learning, and of caring. It is a time when Native Americans reflect on their traditions. It is a time to honor the past and celebrate the future.

The men's Fancy Dance originated in Oklahoma. These dancers are noted for their fast footwork, athletic ability, and originality. The large double bustles of brilliant colored feathers distinguish these dancers from other types. Their regalia includes angora anklets with sheep bells fastened above them, ribbon shirt, beaded yoke, belt, armbands, cuffs, and headband. These dancers also wear a porcupine roach on their heads which has one or two feathers attached to them in a spinner.

- taken from the ASU 21st Annual Powwow information sheet -

This boy is competing in the junior division (ages 6-11). I like the picture because I always need to take a second look ... his head seems to be on backwards compared to his feet and neckerchief.

The image was cropped, brightened, contrast increased and sharpened.

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