Midwest SOARRING Foundation welcomes everyone to the festivities of their intertribal traditional pow wows. Over many years our foundation has sponsored many local pow wows in northern Illinois. The largest of these is the the Annual Harvest Pow Wow held in August or September in the Chicago area. (The first ten years of the Annual Harvest Pow Wow were held in Mokena, IL.) You can get up-to-date information about our Harvest Pow Wow at www.harvestpowwow.com.
Pow wows are a time to celebrate life, renew friendships, and share our Native American culture through dance, drumming, art, and story telling. The drum, as the heartbeat of Mother Earth, holds a special place beside the arena. Several groups - the host and invited drums - share the honor of singing and drumming at our events. The emcee welcomes everyone to the pow wow circle, introducing the different dances and drums. He is assisted by the arena director. The pow wow opens each day with a grand entry lead by veterans carrying flags, and followed by all the dancers dressed in bright regalia characteristic to their specific dance.
Beyond the pow wow arena is an array of vendors displaying and selling Native American arts and crafts. Native American tacos and other refreshments can be purchased. A children's activity tent offers arts and crafts and the opportunity to flintknapp (make an arrowhead). Other special features take place throughout the weekend. Our pow wows provide a unique experience for the entire family.
To help you understand the traditional etiquette of pow wows so that you are able to fully participate and enjoy the event, we offer the following list: