Fargo, North Dakota.
This week, Ben Huberman asks us to “share a photo that channels a living tradition, whether it’s your own or someone else’s.” In that post, he shared an image of a Reconciliation Pole. The pole, a 55-foot (16 m) long totem that commemorates a sad time in North American history while at the same time honoring the Native American heritage. You can read the entire challenge post here.
My take on this challenge is also focused on the American Natives of the Great Plains. Over the years, I’d seen photos and news stories about Native American Powwows. It occurred to me they might be interesting, but until last year when the Crossroads Powwow came to Fargo, I’d never been to one. Last May, I posted a gallery of images captured at that event. This year, the Powwow will be back on the first weekend in June, and I will be spending some more time there. In the image above, two participants, one clearly less enthused than the other, wait for their turn to participate. In the image below, another youngster is immersed in the dance.
You can view a gallery of images and read more about the Crossroads Powwow here.