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The 153rd Annual "Original" Omaha Tribal Pow-Wow
Reproduced from Folklife Center News 6:4 (October-December 1983): 7-11.


First Impressions | Dance Contests | Generosity

Generosity at the Omaha Pow-Wow

Native American forms of generosity and hospitality were displayed at the pow-wow. From time to time, dances -- often called "specials" -- would be dedicated to a person or group. The photograph on the right shows an honoring dance for John Turner, a respected tribal elder who died a few months before the event. An interview with Turner is described in the Director's Column of Folklife Center News, Vol. VI, No. 2, April-June 1983. The dance is led by Elmer Blackbird, Chairman of the Omaha Tribal Council, who is joined by other old friends and relatives of the deceased. During the dance persons in the crowd come forward to honor Turner by placing contributions to the family into Blackbird's hat. Caption Below
Special for John Turner
August 14, 1983.
Caption Below
Giveaway During Pow-Wow Princess Special
August 13, 1983.
A person thus honored may stage a giveaway, and present blankets, shawls, and other gifts to family and friends as a means of reciprocating the tribute that has been paid by the honoring dance. Here (photograph on left), pow-wow Princess Melanie Dawn Parker gives away a shawl.
The spirit of hospitality extends to meals, and all visitors to the pow-wow are fed. The corn for one meal was shucked by Ida Anderson, Pow-wow Committee Treasurer, and her friends delia Hallowell and Rosa Linda Wolfe. Caption Below
Delia Hallowell, Rosa Linda Wolfe,
and Ida Anderson shucking corn

August 14, 1983.


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