Dancing competitions serve as a meeting place for bonding, creating a sense of community and handing down traditions. The Pow Wow serves as one of the many threads of the overall tapestry for many Native American communities. The Art of Dance has immense significance on many levels. The Pow Wow serves to ensure the passing down of many traditions to future generations. This portrait displays the immense level of concentration and intent which is evident in this young dancers gaze.
Some time ago I journeyed across the country Photographing Pow Wow traditions and culture. The series of images I created was featured in the National Museum of the American Indian in Manhattan. At the time I did this with no thought of making money, it was purely for my love of native culture and people.
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