Sample Sociology Paper on Indian Pow wow

Indian Pow wow

Pow wows are common events among the American culture. To celebrate the culture as well as pass traditional values from one generation to another, most ethnic groups carry out Pow wows. Like any other celebration, Pow wows are attended by different groups of peoples even those who do not belong to that ethnic group. Cultural differences do not hold much water in Ohio because modernization has made people to abandon their cultural practices and embrace the popular culture. Therefore, most of the Pow wows events held are a mixture of different cultures meant to serve the interests of the popular culture. Additionally, the idea of passing traditional practices to the young generation has eroded among the Americans over the last few years especially those living in Ohio (Marsh 71). This is because in such a city, kids are more likely to be influenced by technology rather than the older generation on matters of life. In this paper, I will analyze an Indian Pow wow event that I attended in Ohio.

An Indian pow wow is quite different from those done by Native Americans. Indians for one hold their cultural practices so dear as compared to the Americans. Attending this event made me forget for a moment that I was in Ohio because every aspect of the day felt Indian. The beauty of Indian pow wows is that it gives one a chance to interact with a different pure culture that has remained strong and avoided assimilation for a long time. The pow wow attire for this event is a lot different from those of other pow wows. Both the natives and the non-indigenous were dressed in Indian attires from head top toe making it hard to differentiate them.

One aspect that stands out in the Indian pow wows is the organization of the event with a family touch. All the groups within a family are presented in this pow wow especially at the dance groups. This is not common in most American pow wows where the idea of family is not as highly upheld as it is in Indian communities (RavenWolf 9). All the dance groups seemed to communicate a certain message to the audience especially to those of the Indian community. The man dances are different from those of women each presenting the position of each party within a family. The women dance with grace and honor while the men groups dance vigorously to indicate their ability to uphold the family. The children groups mostly entrain the older generation to show their appreciation and respect for the old people. I found that distinction among all the groups quite fascinating and worth noting.

The Indian community is quite talented in drumming and fancy dances. People enjoy the drumming more than in any other pow wow events. The drums combined with the Indian dances make the event so colorful and enjoyable. The event lasted longer than expected by nobody seemed to care since there was enough of entertainment for people to stay on. The extended time could be associated with the nature of the Indian community where management of time is not such a vital aspect of life. Additionally, people are allowed to bring up new activities that were not in the schedule something that is not common among other pow wows. In general, the Indian pow wow is the only pow wow that still upholds the purpose of the event (RavenWolf 11). I look forward to attend many more Indian pow wows for both entertainment and to learn about the Indian culture.

 

 

Works Cited

Marsh, Carole. Ohio native Americans: a kid’s look at our state’s chiefs, tribes, reservations,   powwows, lore, and more from the past to the present. Peachtree City, Ga: Gallopade             International, 2004. Print.

RavenWolf, Silver. Solitary witch the ultimate book of shadows for the new generation. St. Paul,   Minn: Llewellyn Publications, 2003. Print.