On July 11, I attended the Taos Pueblo Powwow for the first time. I wanted to see and learn about part of Taos Pueblo’s history and culture. This year’s event celebrated 30 years of holding the powwow during the second week of July.
The Grand Entry at the Taos Pueblo Powwow. Photo by Beth Dobos.
The scale of the powwow amazed me. I was impressed by the arena that was constructed for the event — a beautiful arbor in the shape of a large circle. I also liked seeing people of all ages who were from various tribes in different states gathering together. In addition to the Taos tribe, there were people from the Nez Perce, the Ho-Chunk and the Diné tribes, to name a few. They wore colorful regalia and danced together while forming in a circle within the arena during the Grand Entry and later had a friendly dance competition. From the “Tiny Tots” to the “Golden Age” dancers, everyone brought their skills and dedication to the competition.
Photo by Beth Dobos.
I was moved by how the tribes represented at the powwow — that had endured so much throughout history — were sharing the beauty of their cultures with others. I was honored to be able to experience the community, the history, the energy and the artistry of the powwow.