Meskwaki Pow Wow 2012

Every year I hear about the Meskwaki Pow Wow on the news and I always regret not going, especially as a photographer. With camera in hand I set out to finally capture this event. It is held on the reservation down a long gravel road with signs pointing you in the right direction. Six dollars seemed reasonable to get in. They had endless booths of Indian wares and food for sale. I tried the Indian taco (fry bread)it was very good. The event started at 1:30 and if not for the long winded emcee the day would have been perfect. The dancers were incredible, especially the younger male dancers. Seems the women don't get as showy as the men. All in all a great time, fabulous weather, food, and a great photo opportunity.

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celsie says ... on Thursday, Sep 20 at 3:01 PM

if you knew how much preparation time it takes for the dancers to get ready its hard to start exactly on time but we try our best sometimes it just doesn't start on time but we always have a succesful day.

Scott says ... on Tuesday, Aug 14 at 2:39 PM

A "reservation" is land set aside by the Federal government for the tribes to reside upon. Our "settlement" as it is called is land purchased with monies by the Meskwaki tribe, so it is owned outright by the tribe.

Jane says ... on Monday, Aug 13 at 11:10 AM

We stopped on Sunday. The pagentry, the color, was awesome! However, I thought it lacked organization. They went at least 20 min. beyond the scheduled start time, and the announcer rambled. Food booths didn't look too clean.

Robin says ... on Sunday, Aug 12 at 5:08 PM

Thank you I did not know.

Dee Westphal says ... on Sunday, Aug 12 at 11:07 AM

I'm glad you finally got to experience Meskwaki powwow. I would like to point out that you were at the Meskwaki "settlement" and not a "reservation".Take just a moment to ask someone there and they will be glad, and proud, to explain the difference.

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