This colorful, authentic presentation of the powwow, or gathering of the tribe, is the best introduction to Native American music we have seen.
Long before this land was called America, native people danced in a circle around the drum--for celebration, fellowship, renewal and healing. These traditions continue still.
Set in the original Indian Territory of Oklahoma, live powwows from different tribes show a wide array of fully costumed dancers (from national champions to toddlers) and singers (from experienced elders to an anxious adolescent facing his first performance as lead chanter). Interviews with tribal elders, dancers, drummers and singers will show you what to look and listen for, including the different dance steps and drum patterns, how the powwow evolved, and a written outline guide for easy location of specific dances or segments of the DVD.