We read a lot about the extreme poverty, drug abuse and violence that many American Indians live with.
But, like most sweeping generalizations, that’s not the whole truth. There are strong efforts being made to revitalize the admirable familial, spiritual culture that once was a vital part of many tribes and many Indians are a part of this effort. And the 37th annual Montana State University American Indian Council Powwow here in Bozeman, I think, is one example of that.
It was a privilege to be allowed to witness and photograph this celebration, to see people expressing themselves in this way. I’m the richer for it.
What a treasure. Seriously.
Such a gift and such an honor to be able to go see.
Your photos make me sorry I didn’t make it to the powwow! Am reading James Welch’s “Winter in the Blood” for the first time, which I highly recommend for anyone interested in Native American literature…
I second your recommendation, Megan. He’s a wonderful author and a Montana original. Thanks for all of the great comments, everyone.