For 14 years, Midwest SOARRING has incorporated the presentation of these medals during the Harvest Pow Wow.
During the weekend, a Pendleton blanket will be raffled off and a second raffle will offer prizes from local businesses and pow wow vendors.
Many pow wows have restrictions on royalty and royalty candidates wearing emblems of their office- sashes and crowns- during contest dances.
After 1980, a more liberal attitude arose regarding the wearing of crowns, girls copying what they saw at pow wows in other parts of the country such as Southern Plains/Oklahoma fashions where large beaded crowns are used as an outfit accessory.
Today, though, there is a greater sense of optimism surrounding the Pow Wow. Moves are afoot to increase the self-esteem of First Nations people.
The Grand Entry is the sacred heart of the Pow Wow. Many of the items of regalia are potent symbols, none more so than the eagle feather which is said to represent a fallen warrior.
The Pow Wow
begins with the grand entry: the Native and Canadian flags being carried into the center of the arena by a procession with the Chief leading.
This commitment was ever-present the weekend of April 1st & 2nd (1989) as ACI staged their 4th Annual POW WOW
in Monroe, Michigan.
The photos, taken at the 12th Annual Native American Pow Wow
in Tipton, Pa.