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Native American Regalia at Dokis First Nations Pow-wow, 2012

Updated on August 12, 2012

There is not much I really want to write along these photographs because I would like them to speak for themselves.

I took these photos at Dokis First Nations Pow-wow, which takes place every year on July 1st. This year was my third year in a row attending and I must say the Pow-wow there is getting better and better by the year. Or at least this is my impression.

I spent roughly a week there but the festivities only happen for two days. That is when all the beautiful regalia is brought-out and the dancing, drumming and all take place. Personally, I love the colours, the bead work, all the details ... phenomenal, in my opinion.

I am always grateful to be invited to the Dokis Pow-wow and happy that I can get away with all the photos that I shoot. Everyone there is incredibly cheerful and kind!

I do wish people will enjoy the photographs and I will write a more in depth piece on the actual Pow-wow itself. I have countless more photographs as well. All in good time.

Thank You for the visit.

Cheers!


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    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for the visit, Mr. Spirit Whisperer! : )

      May Wakan Tanka guide You to a Pow-wow and to another "Door of Perception". All in good Time.

      Cheers! : )

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      Xavier Nathan 

      5 years ago from Isle of Man

      Amazing photographs capturing a wonderful energy. My wife and I are looking forward to our first pow pow.

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You very much for taking the time to look at the photos, Mr. Srsddn.

      The waiting part (for the next Pow-wow) is indeed long: one year. By now (April) I am almost twitching with excitement knowing that the Pow-wow is coming up soon.

      I will post another article with photos and such about the Dokis First Nations Pow-wow soon - maybe it will encourage people to come and visit! : )

      All the best!

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      srsddn 

      5 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      Hi! Mr. Happy, A great moment of colour, dance and festivities. Being a yearly affair it must be a long wait and many may be yearning to attend to it. It is really wonderful. I have mentioned about 'feather bonnets' in one of my Hubs but it is much more than that. Your photographs are really gorgeous and I enjoyed the Regalia thoroughly. Thanks for posting this great Hub. Voted up and shared.

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Aho to that Paradise7!!

      That is why I like to share these photos. Thank You very much for taking the time to stop by and comment.

      All the best!

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for stopping by and commenting, Mrs. Anita - I am happy You enjoyed the photos, makes my job as a photographer more worth-while.

      Cheers!

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greeting. Mrs. Abbott,

      Thank You as well for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment. Since You have been to Pow-wows yourself, I suppose You know how great they are! Unique experiences, in my opinion. Hence, I encourage people to go to at least one ... just to get an idea.

      All the best!

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Yes, indeed I find the regalia breathtaking, Mrs. Kittythedreamer. A wonderful display of art, traditions, values ... history, I guess.

      Thank You for your visit.

      Cheers!

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mrs. Handlon,

      Thank You very much for your comment, I appreciate it.

      You can link this hub to any Hub You wish if it relates to information regarding First Nations. And thank You for that as well.

      This hub is about the Ojibwa people. The community is called Dokis First Nations and it is located in Northern Ontario, Canada, on the French River. I am happy and grateful to say that I was lucky enough to be able to make some friends there. Having been there for a few years in a row, I have picked up at least how to say "thank You" in Ojibwa: "Migwetch". I like to be able to thank people in their Native language, when a "thank You" is deemed.

      Pow-wow's are amazing celebrations: rich in culture, traditions and Spiritual teachings. I have learned much from being there: priceless experiences ... so thankful ...

      I am happy You enjoyed this Hub.

      All the very best!

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      Paradise7 

      5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Lovely photos. I'm glad the native American culture is alive and well. I hope we never, ever, lose it entirely.

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      KerryAnita 

      5 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

      What beautiful photos and culture!

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      Renee Abbott 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      What beautiful pictures and the captures of their Regalia. I use to go to the End of the World park in PA and attended their Pow Wows.

      Thanks for sharing:)

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      Kitty Fields 

      5 years ago from Summerland

      Mr. Happy, you've made me joyous with these photos. Absolutely breathtaking.

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      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Absolutely beautiful. This brings much peace and joy to my heart looking at the regalia at this pow wow and I'm struck at the similarity in some of the regalia of the Meherrin Tribe that I attended this fall. There is a large Meherrin population right where I live-northeastern NC, and I attended the Pow wow on an annual basis.

      I actually had plans to write a hub about my experiences at Pow Wow's, in the near future. If you don't mind, I'd like to link yours to that when it is complete.

      Your photography is so clear and precise. It captures the lovely art that goes into the Regalia. So, I'm curious, as I read your comments to others, how you know the Native American language, which tribe it is that you are speaking from and how this relates to you?

      I attended my first Pow wow when I was only 9 with my dad and was absolutely mesmerized. I remember it was evening and the fire, the drumming, the beautiful colors and dancing were like a coming home for me. I felt I belonged right there in the middle of it all. I still have the little doll that dad bought me as a souvenir, now almost 5 decades old.

      Rated up and across minus funny. The photography is magnificent. Sharing. Here is a link to the Meherrin event each fall:http://www.roanoke-chowannewsherald.com/2008/10/17...

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I am happy You enjoyed the photographs, Mrs. Forall.

      Thank You for the visit.

      Alhamdu Lillah!

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      forall 

      5 years ago

      Colorful! Nice pictures Mr Happy :)

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      Mr. Happy 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Mrs. Dancing Water,

      I am happy that You felt inspired to write about your experiences with Pow-wows, after looking at this hub. I would love to read your thoughts on dancing, drumming and such.

      Here I must say too, that I love your name. Well, I love Water to begin with - it is the second strongest Element within my Being so, much respect and love!

      Thank You for your visit.

      May Wakan Tanka walk with You.

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      Dancing Water 

      5 years ago

      Salutations!

      Your display of regalia has inspired me to write about my wondrous experiences with powwows in Montana, where I danced, and was on the drum. It was a sacred time for me when I felt that I had connected with my ancestors in a way that I had not done so in this lifetime. By the way, my Indian name is Dancing Water.

      Thank you for posting these photos. In spite of the European settlers' determination to wipe out the indigenous tribes in America, powwows, lodges, ceremonies still exist, and I pray, are on the increase. May truth and thus, beauty prevail!

      Dancing Water

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for the visit, Mr. Alladream! I encourage travel and exploration - You never know what You will find. : )

      Good luck and all the best!

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      Victor Mavedzenge 

      6 years ago from Oakland, California

      Amazing images.Really makes me want to travel and explore

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mrs. Susan,

      I will search for that file with the photograph and send it to You soon.

      Migwetch for stopping-by! : )

      All the best.

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      susan 

      6 years ago

      mr happy, could you email the 1st photograph to workingwonders@aol.com ? thank you, susan

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      susan 

      6 years ago

      DOKIS FIRST NATION is in DOKIS FIRST NATION, ONTARIO P0M 2N1 - on the scenic upper french river, which feeds The Great Lake System - approx 1/2 hr from Noelville, Ontario, 1 hr from Sturgeon Falls, and, 1 1/2 hrs from North Bay or Sudbury - from Toronto, approx 4 hrs, and, from Parry Sound, approx 1 hr - next POW WOW is the 13th annual one, it occurs on Sat June 29, and, Sun June 30th - 2013, there is free rough camping - and, some people come a little before, and, stay a little bit after the pow wow - great swimming & fishing etc.,

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for stopping-by, Mr. Nate. I am glad You enjoyed my photographs. (Sorry that it took me three days to answer, I somehow missed comment.)

      Cheers!

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      Nathan Bernardo 

      6 years ago from California, United States of America

      Beautiful photography and regalia! The event is well-captured in these images!

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings everyone, : )

      thank You for visiting. I am happy You enjoyed the photos. I will post more in a following hub, together with details regarding the Pow-wow.

      All the best!

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      backporchstories 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Great Pics!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Pretty great stuff!!!!!!! Photographer sure did a great job!

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      Angela Blair 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Absolutely marvelous pics -- and looking forward to more info on the PowWow -- where is it held? Best/Sis

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