Sunday, July 13, 2008

Living Spirit

Yesterday, Krutch Park was the scene of a traditional Native American powwow, presented by Indian Creek Productions, a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to teach people about American Indian culture and history. A powwow, according to the pamphlet distributed by the organization, is a gathering of tribes and families for celebration, songs, dancing, and storytelling. Powwows foster a feeling of community and keep oral history alive.
Knoxville is in the center of what had historically been the land of the Cherokee Nation. Many natives of Knoxville and East Tennessee can claim some Cherokee ancestry.
This powwow included representatives of many tribes. At one point during the dancing demonstrations, the audience was invited to come into the dancing area and participate. This is one of the photos I took during that dance. This woman was so dignified and graceful. I think this portrait shows her spirit.

5 comments:

lavenderlady said...

I think your photo shows that grace. Nice work.

Sally said...

Yes, it does - there's a great dignity about her.

USelaine said...

That is beautiful, especially with the background you caught. The local Pomo tribes have an event in September, I think, associated with California Indian days. I'll have to do more research on it.

babooshka said...

She really does have the essence of spriritual. Very dignified portrait.

Chuck Pefley said...

You can see she is very respectful and honored to be invited to participate. Lovely peaceful and contemplative face ... and nicely captured.