I had the opportunity to attend Central Michigan University's 20th annual Powwow today. It's gotten big enough that it's moved into Rose Arena from Finch Fieldhouse.
As always, the grand entrance is spectacular. It attracts dancers from all over the United States and Canada.
It's a different sense from the Saginaw Chippewas' summer powwow. That's more like a fair and a family reunion. At this one, I get a sense of competition from some very serious dancers, as well as a sense of the importance of keeping the traditions alive.
And if a tradition isn't passed along to the next generation, what does it matter?
Check out the video I put together for TheMorningSun.com.