The Last Dance:PowWow
Drums, bells, and beautifully decorated dance clothing filled the Activities and Recreation hall for the third
and final PowWow of Indian Summer on Thursday evening. Nearly 200 Arrowmen dressed in their dance
clothing took part in last night's event.
"It was cool to see all of the colorful feathers, and different dance styles," said Max S., member of
Amangamek Wipit Lodge, National Capitol Area Council, Virginia. Max is an aspiring grass dancer, who
plans on one day competing.
Dancing clothes critiques were offered outside of the building for those interested in improving their
clothing. Previous NOAC judges for each of the dance styles, led the critiques. "It's great how they have
people that do the judging at NOAC," said Ray P., a member of Lowwapaneu Lodge of Northeastern
Pennsylvania Council, Scranton, PA. Members of the American Indian Activities committee handed out
invitations to various dancers who will dance at tonight's Closing Gathering.
Drums were a critical part of the PowWow, brought by lodges from such states as California, Illinois, and
North Carolina. The singing and beating of the drums could be heard by other Ridgecrest guests passing by,
adding a sense of wonder to all who could hear.
"It's great to see the many young dancers out there enjoying the fun. That's what our staff is here for and
what our Order is about," said Brent Wessel, American Indian Activities Program Vice Chief.