Monday, August 17, 2009
We were driving down the road yesterday and saw a small sign that said POW WOW. Being the curious sort, we decided to check it out. We drove into what was the 16th annual Odawa Homecoming Pow Wow or "Jiingtomok." The Odawa Tribe of Native Indigenous people has about 15,000 members living in Michigan, Ontario, and Oklahoma. The Pow Wow featured men and women's traditional dance and other activities. There was a drum competition (I can still hear them resonating in my ear), Native bead work and authentic cuisine. The colors of the costumes were incredible. The use of beads, feathers and fabric blended to form an amazing sight. Another slice of America that is preserved and, from what I witnessed, flourishing.