The young adult jingle dancers at the Denver Pow Wow
We missed the Grand Entry as it occurred just at the time that we were putting Clio down for her nap. We arrived at the Pow Wow just as the older teen and early twenty aged women were dancing. This group wears regalia (a kind reader last year told me they are not called costumes) with metal "jingles" sown to their skirts. It is a lively dance with intricate steps and twirls. This contest ended in a tie. After the dance-off produced a winner, the next category was called: A group of male dancers and I cannot remember the particular region and style they represented (perhaps someone reading this and viewing the photo below can help me be more specific.)
After several more contests the announcer called for an "All Nations" dance. During this dance people of all ages, all backgrounds--in regalia or not--danced together within the oval of drums. What a great parenting/grand-parenting opportunity to teach cultural diversity. We took Clio onto the dancing surface and she watched the other young girls and tried to copy their steps. Many of the young girls played with Clio. One young girl, dressed in shawl-dancing regalia, really loved Clio and danced around with us the entire 15 or 20 minutes we were on the floor. At the end we asked if we could take a photo of her with Clio. The anwer was yes..