Have you ever had a once in a lifetime experience? You know….a WOW moment that would be very difficult to duplicate.
This past weekend while on a girls trip to New Mexico, we came upon an authentic Native American Pow Wow. The only word that can describe it is WOW.
The trip was very spontaneous. When we found out that a Pow Wow was happening about 60 miles from where we were staying in Santa Fe, we packed our bags, checked out of the hotel and headed north…following the sound of a beating drum.
The goose bump part was the opening speech, introduced in English but delivered in one of the Pueblo languages. Everyone was very quiet, listening with intensity to the words being spoken about culture and tradition and spirituality. I couldn’t understand the words, but the aura of the crowd was unmistakable.
Like any traditional fair or festival, there were arts and crafts for sale…
and lots and lots of dancing.
And then it got dark under the arbor and it was time to pack our moccasins and go.
Absolutely amazing experience.
Regarding #8 in my battle of the UNs, “Travel and Make it Worthwhile” suggested by Jo, I declare you complete. The UNs are definitely leaving my life. I’m going to backtrack and complete #5 and #6 this weekend so that I can finish up all 12 tasks before the end of summer! Also, it’s time for me to get back on a regular blogging schedule. The recent spurt of travel is now over…back to regular programming.
Have you ever been to a Pow Wow or experienced a traditional culture up close?
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