The 2010 Annual Kyi-Yo Pow Wow
After a long, ridiculous, and unacceptable absence from the site, my guilty conscience had forced me to find the time to contribute a little something to this fabulous blog which I feel most blessed to be a part of. Though my writing is quite short, if pictures are indeed worth a thousand words, then I am the wordiest of us all! Muahaha.
So, I was most fortunate this past week to go on an all-expenses paid (or pre-paid as is closer to the truth: my tuition) trip to Montana for an academic research conference. The most amazing part, in my opinion, was the Kyi-Yo Pow Wow. The event lasted all weekend and I was able to attend the dance competition Friday night. It was incredible! The pictures speak for themselves:
I was also fortunate in that I, without knowing it, sat down next to a man who teaches at the college of a nearby Native American reservation! He was able to answer all of the questions about the competition, which made the experience even more worthwhile. My favorite dancers were the fancy dancers (whom I have posted pictures of). I really really really would like to learn the dances myself! Ever since I had to give up ballet I’ve been looking to fill that hole in my heart. But that might be a problem because, well, I liked the male fancy-dancing the most and I’m not sure you’re allowed to cross-dance in Native American culture. The women’s dancing just wasn’t as energetic, though it was very pristine and beautiful in its own right. I like the idea of jumping around and spinning fast in the rhythm of the drums (the male part). The grass-skirt swishing (the female’s) just doesn’t appeal as much…
Let me know if yall are interested and I can post more about this experience!