Following a few weekend assignments for the Town Crier, I made my way to Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA for the 42nd Annual Stanford Pow Wow. The event provided an illuminating glimpse at native cultures from North America and South America (including Native Americans and Aztec Indians) and provided food for the spirit. A pow wow is derived from a word meaning spiritual leader and involves singing, dancing, socializing and the celebration of culture`
Inspired by the traditions of their communities, each participant of the pow wow wore costumes that included colorful feather headdresses, elaborate beadwork, animal skulls, moccasins and layers of fabric and embellishments. Although the grand entry was the show stopper of the evening, the moments before and after also conveyed the significance of this gathering – a rare remembrance of culture in a time and place that makes it easy for us to forget who we are and where we come from.
Although the sounds and movement of participants is experienced best by being present, I believe that my photos capture the soulfulness and beauty of this gathering.