Tonights photos from the Wacipi start out with this shot of a circle of the drummers. Drumming is very important in a Pow Wow, and there's usually drumming throughout all the days of the event. The drumming and dancing must get exhausting, and can last for days!
I found this information about the drumming: "The drum is recognized as a separate entity and represents a liaison with our Creator, containing thunder and lightening, and when struck calls the Creator's attention and the spirits of our forefathers."
Usually, when one group was drumming, someone stood nearby with a mike on a pole suspended just above the drums to broadcast the sound of the drums to throughout the arena.
The rest of these photos are of the little dancers. They seemed to have an abundance of energy even while the adults appeared to slow down! Forget getting a sharp image of these whirling dervishes! When they dance, there's going to be blur!
On another note, I just wanted to share something I learned today: At my work, over this past week, we had the unfortunate experience of having our McAfee antivirus subscription manage to install an update that had bad data that basically totally messed with our computers. They were inoperable for most of the week. Finally, today, a wonderful and perhaps brilliant computer guru bot to our office and installed the patch created to repair McAfee's chaos. Troy recommended that we use Avant's free antivirus, rather than McAfee's paid program. He also recommended malwarebytes for anti-malware, and ccleaner for getting rid of the basic junk on the computer.
Just thought I'd pass this info along!