Courtesy Danielle Ta’Sheena Finn
Danielle Ta'Sheena Finn, says one of the truest indicators of a pow wow is when the MC shouts HOKA!

10 Ways to Tell: You KNOW You're At a Pow Wow When …

Vincent Schilling

The beat of your heart matches the beat of the drums

So many of our readers such as MaryJo Oakley-Schaefer of Catoosa, Oklahoma wrote that the beat of the drum matches the beat of your heart, there was simply no way we could leave it out. Combined with the music of the singers and dancers moving to the beat – ‘and you begin to DANCE,’ says MaryJo - then you definitely know you are at a pow wow.

The prominent hair style is braids

If your hair is braided and when you look around almost everybody else has braids…and more braids. Then yes, you are at a pow wow. Again a ton of you, such as Crystal Combs of Salem, Oregon suggested this one.

When you see hundreds of hickies and babies

In addition to the colorful regalia in a rainbow of colors, Dale Strawser reminded us something else we might see – a rainbow of neck spots and lots of babies all over the pow wow grounds. Wait just one moment, is that a name we see spelled out in that hickie?

When you see license plates with NDNBEAR or REZPOWER

Yes Eva Marie Keams, you called this one right. Don’t forget of course the thousands of pow wow bumper stickers, feathers in rear-view mirrors and other such pow wow vehicle oriented indicators.

When the MC shouts HOKA!

Without a doubt this is a true indicator that you will be seeing regalia laden dancers, kids running around like crazy trying to spend their five dollars and tons of people trying to take pictures. Ok MC, we’re ready for you to shout…let’s get this season started! Thanks Danielle Ta'Sheena Finn you nailed it!


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Submitted by baloouriza on
The first one could also be a furry convention. I'm going to also have to say, "You see tribal issued plates, and you're in a state where most cops think they're fake."

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chahta ohoyo
Submitted by chahta ohoyo on
you always know you're at a powwow when you see white folks walkin around with a dazed look in their eyes, now knowin which vendor to buy from first, or how to talk to all us ndns, and actually payin 10.00 for fry bread and not complainin...#[