Weekend Day Trip

Saginaw Chippewa Annual Pow Wow. (Pictures were allowed during the dances.)

My better half and I took a little day trip up to the Saginaw Chippewa Annual Pow Wow this weekend. It’s been years since the last time I had been to one and I just so happened to luck out in discovering that one was coming up. Stepping outside of your comfort zone and allowing yourself to experience another culture without appropriating or denigrating it can be eye opening. The experience was haunting and spiritual. Even long after we had left we could still feel the beat of the drums pounding in our chests and the songs of the singers ringing in our ears. I brought nothing home with me simply because I feel that some things, especially cultural things, just need to be experienced and not always treated as a product. Maybe next year I’ll get myself some jewelry or clothing out of appreciation and to help out another artist. But this time I just wanted to experience the beauty of another culture and take with me nothing more than a memory…and a few pictures. 😊