Carrizozo Music, Inc. invites you to attend our 1st Annual Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow to be held on Saturday, October 6th, 9 AM -10 PM, and Sunday, October 7th, 9 AM-4 PM on the Carrizozo High School Football Field. The free event will feature Native American Dancers and Drummers from all over the Southwest and vendors with both Native and local art, crafts, food and drinks.
A Pow-wow is a social gathering held by many different Native American communities. A modern pow-wow is a specific type of event for Native American people to meet and dance, sing, socialize, and honor their cultures. Our head staff includes Head Man Harley Tallchief, Head Woman Autumn Pilcher from Mescalero, Northern Drum Host NDN Horse, Southern Drum the Comanche Boyz, Emcee Steve Zavala and Arena Director Juan Pina.
The Pow-wow begins with the Grand Entry. During the Grand Entry, everyone is asked to stand as the flags are brought into the arena by the veterans. Following the veterans are other important guests of the powwow including Tribal Chiefs, Princesses, Elders, and Pow Wow organizers. Next in line are the men dancers, followed by the women dancers. Once everyone is in the arena, the song ends and a song is sung to honor the flags and the veterans. After a prayer, the dancing resumes, usually with a few round dances. After the round dances, intertribal dancing songs are sung and everyone dances to the beat of the drum. At contest Pow-wows, the dancers compete in dance and age categories for prizes.
Pow-wow singers are very important part of the Native American culture. The songs are of many varieties, from religious to war to social. Some songs today are sung in “vocables” with no words.
Dances have always been a very important part of the life of the American Indian. Most dances seen at Pow-wows today are social dances which might have had different meanings in earlier days. Although dance styles and content have changed, their meaning and importance has not. The outfits worn by the dancers, like the styles of clothing today evolve over time, it is not a stagnant culture, but a vibrant and changing way of life. The dance styles seen most frequently at modern Pow Wows include Chicken, Grass, Fancy, Straight and Northern Traditional for the men. The women dance Buckskin, Cloth, Jingle and Fancy Shawl. Depending on the region, you may see other dance styles such as Smoke, Bird or Gourd Dancing.
For vendor and general information for the Pow-wow, please call Fran at 575-973-0571 or Larry at 432-556-1594. Thanks to a NM Arts Grant and the NEA for making this event possible.
November brings violinist Linda Rosenthal accompanied by Maxim Pakhomov on piano in a Piatigorsky Foundation Concert. Check our website for date and time.
For information about Carrizozo Music, the 2018-19 season schedule and concert updates please check www.carrizozomusic.org, email email@example.com or call Elaine at 575-648-2757. Carrizozo Music sponsors a series of classical, summer Portico Concerts and school outreach performances with a commitment to providing free quality music to the residents of Lincoln County and the surrounding area.