"Circle of Life"
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*GLASS CONTAINERS (BOTTLES) ARE NOT ALLOWED AT MANSFIELD PARK*
CIRCLE OF LIFE POWWOW
The sheer excitement of a traditional Native American Powwow is second to none. Since 2004, Celebrate Bandera has hosted what has become one of the State’s most popular powwows. With the growth and success of the powwow has come a renewal of the “Circle of Life.” This year will be the sixth annual event where Native American performers, dancers, storytellers, flute players, and artists travel from long distances nationwide to reunite in celebration of their ancestry, customs and traditions.
Come and bring the whole family. Celebrate Bandera’s Circle of Life Powwow is a great way to enjoy and learn about the American Indian culture. Powwow was originally called a celebration, and like all things, has undergone a transformation through the years. It is now an event, which gives the “outside world” a glimpse at this colorful and expressive culture.
Springtime once marked the season to celebrate new life and many of the original celebrations took place then. Initially, powwow also offered significant spiritual substance as families planned naming and honoring ceremonies for that time. Powwow now hosts only a few spiritual ceremonies, which you may have an opportunity to see this year. Honoring ceremonies for individuals, including dance and drum honor songs, as well as ceremonies performed for dropped eagle feathers, are the remaining ceremonies at these events.
Today, powwows occur virtually year round, inside or outside. Native American foods and arts and crafts normally line the periphery near the dance arena where crowds mingle, sharing the fun and festivities. Many American Indian families pack up and “go on the powwow circuit,” camping out and enjoying the fellowship of beloved friends along the way.
In dancing families, children are normally taught to dance at very young ages, often joining their parents who participate in powwow dancing. Other family members may be artists, displaying their work at booths, which welcome shoppers. Powwow is a great place to buy gifts for year-round giving.
THE GRAND ENTRY
Grand Entry is the formal parade of dancers entering the arena, which opens each major session of dancing. This Grand Procession begins with the Eagle Staff being carried into the arena, followed by appropriate government and tribal flags. Our honored veterans normally carry the staff and flags. Titleholders from tribal pageants and other dignitaries enter and are then followed by men dancers. Women dancers follow the men, who move clockwise around the circle. When the Grand Entry song ends, other songs, flag, memorial and veterans, begin its official place and the powwow continues with other types of dancing, including Intertribal. Listen for your special invitation to join with the other dancers during Intertribal songs.