I went to the Indian powwow over at the San Xavier Mission yesterday and spent about four hours either sitting or walking around in the sun. By the time I got home my allergy's were acting up to the point where I didn't even feel like posting to my blog, apparently I'm allergic to some plant that was blooming there are possibly to feathers, there were plenty of those there also.
After I'd been there about an hour I came to the realization that powwows are not meant for your personal entertainment there actually meant to be a contest of singing, dancing, and drum beating, between tribes and apparently are only entertaining for the participants and their families. I figured that out after I'd sat on rock hard bleachers in the sun for an hour with absolutely nothing going on.
I did get to see one dance in the four hours I spent there and it was called the Basket dance which consisted of four women and four little girls slowly walking around the dancing area while five other women sang and beat a drum. This would've been mildly entertaining if they had danced for five minutes but it went on for almost half an hour and my attention span is nowhere near that long.
I found out later that the interesting stuff comes late in the evening or after dark but by 2 o'clock I had had about all the sun and drum beating that I could stand so I hiked the half a mile back to where I had to park my truck and sneezed all the way back home.
The only interesting part of the whole deal for me was after I got up off the bleachers and started walking around and taking pictures of the Native American costumes. Then I got to talk to people and take some interesting pictures that made the whole powwow worthwhile for me.
I put 14 of my pictures in a slideshow, Just click on it and it should start. If the Slideshow works I'll put some more pictures in tomorrow.