IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A NON INDIAN PERSON TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DRUMMING PORTION OF THE POW WOW? I HAVE
NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE BUT WOULD LIKE TO LEARN HOW TO DO IT.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
I am american indian, and we have let non-indian's participate in many of our functions to help educate and teach our heritage to others.
But it is up to the shief of that particular tribe.
If you speak to the medicine man and tell him it owuld be good medicine to allow an outsider to participate, he may be able to influence the chief.
It would totally be up to the tribal council and the chief. You need to petition the council for a hearing on that.
Do you have any kind of native american tribal affiliation?
Visit your nearest tribal office to find out how to apply.
You might want to befriend one of the drummers at a powwow and ask how you can get involved.
These are just suggestions as women of the tribes generally have responsibilities and judgement over family matters, not on who is qualified to be a drummer, or singer.
Hope this helps!
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