For the first time since I have been at Beaver Lodge Pow Wow, we had sunshine all weekend: a good sign for a new begining. The entire organizing team offers a sincere, heart-felt THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! to all of the delightful dancers, drum singers, vendors, and visitors who came out, this weekend.

Also, thank you to Annie Holt, the photography student with endless enthusiasm, and determination. To anyone who missed her, she is the most cheerful, optimistic photographer I have met. I wish I had been able to snap a picture of her: she has a marvelous, warm smile - and she was smiling constantly. I hope that everyone she photographed left with the same positive impression I did.

Updated: Nathan sent me several images to post, and I have added them here. Thanks for sharing!

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silver clouds streak the evening sky, Friday. Friday's Sunset

We arrived on Friday, to help the team set up tents, move equipment, and to organize our own campsite. Walking across the field, to meet the vendors, we could see these backlit clouds after the sun disappeared.

two young volunteers Tori and Jessica, our young volunteers

Tori and Jessica visit the Pow Wow grounds regularly. All year, they look forward to attending and volunteering at the Pow Wow. These two young ladies work very hard.

orange moon faintly rising over dark Pow Wow grounds Friday Night's Moonrise

Although this photo is poorly exposed, the larger image reveals a yellow-orange waning gibbous moon, veiled in fish-scale cirro-cumulous clouds. In the foreground, vendor tents and David Appleton's teepee are faintly visible.

high moon above teepee Early Saturday Moon

We were up before dawn, Saturday morning, to light the Sacred Fire. The moon was high overhead, and David's teepee seemed a perfect photo-opportunity.

firekeeper at dawn's first light Firekeeper at Dawn's First Light

Another shameless photo-opp.

teepee in sunlight Saturday Morning Sunlight

The clear sunrise and David's teepee provided further opportunity for creative photography.

Shari Shari Yellow Hummingbird

Shari arrived early, Saturday, and we sat in the sunshine, by the Sacred Fire, watching Pow Wow come to life.

dancer and family Wild Rose, Two Feathers, Little Dove

Two Feathers danced in the circle all day, Saturday. He posed for me with his mother, Wild Rose, and her sister, Little Dove, of Abenaki descent.

Foxfire and Gower Foxfire and Gower

The gentleman on the right is a bit of an eccentric, survivalist type: "Gower", from "the next hill, [East of here]". Lee and I remember his visit, last year, asking to be smudged for the hunting season, and offering homemade cedar and sage in return.

This year, Gower brought us gifts of homemade preserves: quince chutney, home-grown berry sauces, hot-pepper sauce with every variety of home-grown peppers, and more. After seeing my dear, tired, old camera, he volunteered his services to take more pictures with a very professional-looking digital SLR camera. I hope he will share his results!

apprentice fire-keeper Apprentice Fire-Keeper, Rob Crow

Rob Crow joined us in 2008, with the Boy Scouts, and Order of the Arrow. His help has been invaluable to Lee.

Preparing for Candy Dance David and Ian, Preparing for Candy Dance

Ian, a volunteer and member of our staff, was concerned that the Drums would forget to do Candy Dance. He agreed to help David scatter candy across the dance circle in preparation.

The Candy Dance is a much anticipated part of Pow Wow. Children are encouraged to enter the Circle and to dance, with candy and toys as reward. We then return children to their parents after allowing them to consume copious amounts of sugar, but we do our best to help them burn it off in the process!

Drum singers perform their candy dance song Sacred Spirit Drum and the Candy Dance

The Candy Dance, this year, went to Sacred Spirit, who gave a rendition I had never heard before. It was childishly very amusing.

dancers in late afternoon Shari in Late-Afternoon Sunlight

The sun sets early in September. By 4 o'clock, this unusually sunny afternoon was hazy, and fading light caught the outlines of dancers in the Circle.

Tracy Tracy, Fancy Dancing

Tracy was just plain fun to see in the Circle. She smiled and laughed as she danced.

Jane Goodwin in regalia Jane Goodwin and Mike Laughy

Jane and Mike traveled from Sandbornton to spend Sunday with us.

Lee and Norm Foxfire and Norm Schneider

Norm and his wife, Iyawata, join us every year to demonstrate their Australian Aboriginal didgeridoos and tell Aboriginal stories. Norm plays his flutes in the early dusk, and the whole field seems to be lulled into peaceful sleep.

three volunteers Tina, Peter, and Dora

Tina, Peter, and Dora are friends of Mike and Jen, traveling from New York State to volunteer. They helped with everything from sound system debugging to visitor parking. By Sunday afternoon, a short break was cause to smile.

Matt White Bear Matt White Bear

Matt stands about as tall as a bear and is about as massive. He danced all day long, Sunday.

Photos submitted by Nathan A., November 22, 2010:

Cory dances with hoops Cory, Performing his Hoop Dance

Cory Sparrowhawk, of the Silver Hawk Singers, dances to the drum while manipulating small hoops. He intertwines them with his limbs to make imaginative living sculptures.

Cory continues More Hoop Dance

Cory begins with all hoops hidden in the grass of the dance circle. He kicks them up, one-at-a-time, and begins assembling his creations.

Cory dances on Still More Hoop Dance

Our "Special Appearances" section contains an amateur video of Cory's 2008 performance at Beaver Lodge Powwow.

Jane Goodwin, dancing in the circle Jane Goodwin, in the Circle

Jane Goodwin wears buckskin regalia with spectacularly contrasting beadwork. Nathan caught this image of Jane, in action.

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