A Pow Wow to Remember: 2013 American Indian Society Inaugural Pow Wow

A Pow Wow to Remember: 2013 American Indian Society Inaugural Pow Wow

By: 
Vincent Schilling
1/23/13

Well over a thousand people made their way to Washington, D.C. on Saturday and made an intentional stop in on the American Indian Society’s 12th Inaugural Pow Wow. The AIS Pow Wow took place at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington Virginia, same place the AIS Inaugural Ball would be held on Sunday, in unison with the celebrations held in honor of President Barack Obama’s inauguration as the 44th president of the United States.

In 1969 the AIS held its first Inaugural Ball, forming a parade unit that marched in the Presidential inauguration of Richard Nixon. The AIS Ball and Pow Wow has been held every inauguration since.

During the pow wow, dancers from a wide range of nations came to celebrate in the festivities that included a gourd dance, round dance, and more. Special performances were made by the award-winning group, The Zotigh Singers and the championship Northern-style drum group, The Boyz.

The Inaugural Pow Wow Chairman was Preston Tone-Pah-Hote, Jr., (Kiowa), the pow wow advisor Preston E. Tone-Pah-Hote, Sr., the arena directors were Darryl Swift (Hidatsa/Lakota) and Kevin Tarrant (Winnebego/HoChunk), the Master of Ceremonies was Vernon "CY" Ahtone (Kiowa), the Head Male dancer was Charles Belisle, Head Female Sara Loft with junior dancers Preston "Buddy" Tone-Pah-Hote, III and Alexis Wasee Hill. 

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The pow-wow was awesome! As we left, someone approached my friend and I, both of us still in our regalia, and told us that he was overwhelmed by the beauty. He had never seen so many Indians in one place before. I'm still riding on the wonderful high. Great weekend all around.
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man we need more powwow's big powwow like I remember when I was a kid football size powwow ,people of my age let the younger down you don't see them dance or even come any more .GET UP OFF YOUR ASS AND FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON TAKE BACK WHO YOU ARE
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man we need more powwow's big powwow like I remember when I was a kid football size powwow ,people of my age let the younger down you don't see them dance or even come any more .GET UP OFF YOUR ASS AND FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON TAKE BACK WHO YOU ARE
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I think this is great. I wish I could see a Pow wow some time, I do have Indian blood in me and pound of it.
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The power of pow wows belong to eternity just like Old Ones are now living forever, they told us that we will never die, indeed, we are still alive and we will live forever. Pow wows makes us fly high with the Spirts and we see the Creator Life Giver
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I would have loved to have been there. Blessings Kekomoreno@aol.com

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