Saturday, July 13, 2013

Julyamash Pow Wow Festival

Julyamsh is the largest outdoor Pow Wow in the Northwest  - and everyone is invited! Join the modern Coeur d'Alene Tribe July 26-28 at Greyhound Park in Post Falls ID for dancing, music, sports and spirituality.

For those that have never attended a pow wow before, you are in for a treat. The experience is like nothing else. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • This is not a tourist attraction. Do not be surprised or upset if the event does not have an exact schedule of events.

  • Bring sunscreen and stay hydrated!

  • Stand and remove your hat as a signal of respect when the eagle staff is brought in during the grand entry.

  • Please ask permission before taking a photo of someone outside the dancing area.

  • The elaborate outfits worn by the dancers are not 'costumes.' Those are for Halloween! These dancers wear 'regalia'.

Dance Styles at the Julyamsh Pow Wow

[caption id="attachment_1950" align="alignright" width="266"]Beautiful attendees of the Julyamsh Pow Wow. Beautiful attendees of the Julyamsh Pow Wow.[/caption]

Dances represent traditions or legends. Usually, genders perform separately and competitions are divided into age and style categories.

  • Men's Grass Dance: This dance represents the scout, finding a new place to make camp. It also reflects warrior movements, such as stalking game or an enemy.

  • Women's Fancy/Shawl: The women who dance this style wear elaborately beaded capes, moccasins and leggings that are usually complemented by beautifully embroidered or decorated long-fringed shawls. The colorful regalia match the spirited movements of this exuberant dance.

  • Men's Traditional: This dance comes from a long history of imitation of the animal spirit world. This is a time for the traditions of the grandmothers and grandfathers to be carried out. Some regalia pieces have been passed down many generations reflecting items worn by early warriors.

  • Men's Fancy Dress: A slightly more modern style, young men wear regalia specially designed to enhance the fast-paced whirling movements of this exuberant dance. A competition develops between the dancers and the musicians as they try to out-maneuver each other.

  • Women's Jingle: A lyrical dance involving a very special regalia with tinkling metal. Based off the dream of a dying father.

Lodging for the Pow Wow Festival

Post Falls is only ten miles West of Coeur d'Alene. We have Idaho bed and breakfast members in both Post Falls and Couer d'Alene, as well as throughout Northern Idaho.

For additional information on Idaho call 1-800-VISIT-ID

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