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Native American Intertribal Pow-Wow

A pow-wow is a gathering of North America's Native people, at least that was the original meaning. Nowadays, a pow-wow is a specific type of event where both Native American and non-Native American people meet to dance, sing, socialize, and honor American Indian culture. This is the first time that I attended a pow-wow although I have seen images of pow-wows over the years. What an eye-opening experience it was!

This particular pow-wow was arranged by the Chumash Indian based in Southern California or around Santa Ynez Mountains to be exact and it took place in Malibu. A lot of tribes from throughout the continent came to this pow-wow and celebrated this multi-tribal event. I stayed for good 6 hours and at the end of the day, I left that place exhausted but I enjoyed the experience very much. I think I am ready for the next pow-wow.

Although I did talk briefly to a few dancers but I didn't have the opportunity to exchange any information. If you see yourself in the pictures or know the people here, I would be more than happy to provide you with the images. Please contact me by email for that. I am not using any of the images for commercial purposes and please respect the privacy of these people and do not use any of the images as such. The main reason for me to post the images is because I really enjoy photography and for strictly personal uses.

Photography tidbit:
The toughest part is to blur the background to get a nice smooth bokeh for better target isolation. With tents surrounding the fire in the middle, and the dancers circling around the fire, it was seriously difficult. I used a 300mm prime lens and a 70-200mm lens, both at wide open aperture 99% of the time to throw the background out-of-focus as much as possible and I also tried to compose tighter. In addition, the dancers moved at a good speed and I used the continuous AF (AI Servo) mode and just follow their eyes but at time, I could only follow their faces while triggering the shutter. Yes, I also used a portable flash to fill in shadow and the flash was set at -1 on the camera body.

Thank you for visiting and please leave a comment on the images or on the gallery as you see fit. Enjoy the images!

What a head dress!
What a head dress!
Painted Face
Painted Face
One of the Princesses
One of the Princesses
What an adorable little girl!
What an adorable little girl!
She can dance!
She can dance!
Warrior Dance
Warrior Dance
Rugged Appearance
Rugged Appearance
What a head dress!
What a head dress!
Claw at the End of Stick
Claw at the End of Stick
Spirited Little Dancer
Spirited Little Dancer
What an Expression!
What an Expression!
Princess in Action
Princess in Action
Colorful Feather Arrangement
Colorful Feather Arrangement
Great Color Coordination
Great Color Coordination
He Stole the Show!
He Stole the Show!
Very Impressive Dance
Very Impressive Dance
Competely Into the Dance
Competely Into the Dance
Definitely a Crowd Pleaser! Bravo!
Definitely a Crowd Pleaser! Bravo!
Wolf Guy from Up-Close
Wolf Guy from Up-Close
We Enjoyed the Dance
We Enjoyed the Dance
Pretty in Green
Pretty in Green
Jingle Dress Dancer
Jingle Dress Dancer
Jingle Dress
Jingle Dress
Jingle Dress Dancer
Jingle Dress Dancer
Feather Arrangement of Atabaskan Tribe
Feather Arrangement of Atabaskan Tribe
Wolf Man Up-Close
Wolf Man Up-Close
Wolf Man
Wolf Man
Painted Face Dancer
Painted Face Dancer
Pretty in Blue
Pretty in Blue
Striking Head Dress
Striking Head Dress
Aztec Head Dress
Aztec Head Dress
Decorated with Coyote
Decorated with Coyote
Profile of Aztec Dancer
Profile of Aztec Dancer
Aztec Dancer
Aztec Dancer
Aztec Dancer
Aztec Dancer
Aztec Dancer
Aztec Dancer
Aztec Dancer
Aztec Dancer
Painted Face Aztec Dancer
Painted Face Aztec Dancer
Aztec Dancer
Aztec Dancer
Aztec Dancer
Aztec Dancer