DATELINE: Really too late, but still … On May 7, 2011, I attended the Mother Earth People’s Inter-Tribal Powwow in Victorville, CA. Bob and John had worked really hard to get the Wolf Mountain Sanctuary booth set up and ready to go. Those boys do work HARD! Everyone showed up and did a stellar job working the crowds. Besides Tonya, Bob, and John, there were Gilbert, Nellie (and Little Bear!), Gale, Stephanie, Renee, Donna, and me. Others floated in and out to help – bless you all.
The gallery of photos is at the bottom of this post. Check ‘em out!
We were fortunate to be under a nice shade tree. Most of the park was exposed and really sunny, bright, and hot. Later in the day, the Creator decided that a nice stiff breeze was needed, causing some of the canopies to quite literally take flight! The Mojave Narrows Park is a sweet little spot, totally unexpected in the surrounding desert. The cottonwoods were shedding their spores, so it sometimes looked like it was snowing.
Nellie and Renee brought beautiful jewelry and artwork to sell. The kids really seem to love the bracelets with tiny bottles of wolf fur! Rhiannon (one of Tonya’s nieces) makes these little beauties, collecting fur whenever she is at WMS. The beading of the bracelets and necklaces with the tiny wolf fur bottles are really sweet! Renee’s dreamcatchers were beautiful, waving in the breeze. Our usual array of photobooks, articles, and donation jars were arrayed nicely!
One of Tonya’s dear friends, Tia, came by with a rescued baby squirrel! The poor little thing had been picked up by a bird (a hawk, I think) and then dropped. Tia brought him to Tonya to see if he could be nurtured back to health. The little bugaboo was about the size of a cocktail frank! He took a real shine to John! Little dude was carried around, generally cooed over and coddled. Tonya did take him home, where he is thriving! I saw him on May 21st and was amazed at how much he has grown. His name: Hawk Drop! The little sweetie bug was the delight of us all! Pampered little beast – can you tell how enamored I am with him?
The Powwow was a celebration of Native American heritage and tradition. There were several speakers, dancers, storytellers, and demonstrations. The tipi (or teepee) village was serene and elegant (except for a few “modern” camping chairs ;) ). I was fortunate to be able to speak to one gentleman (Richard), who is a survivalist. He had a number of items outside his tipi that showed how one could survive in the exact spot we were standing! A very interesting man.
The Grand Procession was sight to behold. Everyone in their regalia, the flags fluttering in the breeze … really breathtaking. Naturally I kept my eyes peeled for Tonya, Renee, and Stephanie, who did not disappoint in their regalia and dancing! Although it is usually not acceptable to take photographs of the dancers, I was allowed to because of my association with Tonya and Wolf Mountain Sanctuary … this was beyond an honor for me!
The dancing was spectacular! There were different sets of dancers: Northern, Southern, Aztec, Fancy … amazing regalia and skills.
I had the most wonderful time at the Powwow, my very first! If you want to check out a powwow near you, see http://www.powwows.com/ and check out their calendar!
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