We went last spring to a powwow at Fort Yates in the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, a Lakota and Dakota Sioux reservation. The festivities featured dancing, drumming, and chanting contests. It took place in the high school gym, and it was loud … too loud for me, so I stayed out in the halls and concentrated on photographing the regalia of the people passing by.
I tried not to capture any faces, as that’s considered rude unless you ask for permission. Most people were happily chatting in groups, and I was shy to interrupt them. So what you’ll find here are closeups on bits of regalia. I published one image and a story here, but I want to share some more photos with you.
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There were some toddlers all dressed up their regalia. I don’t know if they danced or not, but they sure were cute.
Jingle dancers wear hundreds of jingles on their regalia. The jingles are homemade from lids of snuff tins. They have a light clear sound, much like the classic Christmas jingle bells. I’m sorry these are blurry … the jingles are in constant motion.
But most of all, there were lots of colorful regalia made with beads, ribbons, and fabrics of all kinds.