This regalia indicates this dancer is participating in the PowWow as a Northern Traditional Dancer. Not only did he have especially beautiful regalia, he was to my eyes an excellent dancer. And I was lucky enough to catch him with very little in the background. New Year’s PowWow, Tucson, AZ

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This is the oldest form of dance in the Indian culture. The regalia is often thought to represent the animals that the Creator put on the earth. The movements tell of warrior actions-hunting, stalking the game, battling an enemy. The regalia is a very per sonal expression of creativity and artistry. While there is no prescribed look, several elements might reflect items worn by early warriors: a breast plate made of animal bones or shell for protection against arrows; a neck choker for protection against knives; ankle bells or jingling hooves; or a shield made of hide and decorated with important tribal symbols. Often a traditional dancer will wear a single bustle containing eagle feathers, which are considered sacred to the Indian people. The eagle flies the highest and carries the prayers of the people to the Creator. Eagle feathers are traditionally awarded for feats of bravery or accomplishment

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  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

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    Cee and Chris

  • artfulvistas
    artfulvistasover 4 years ago

    This is just beautiful, beautifully balanced. lovely composition, complementary colours, subject just great,.lovely feathers, clothing and movement—-perfect!
    Also I love the traditional designs!

  • Wow, thanks. Can’t get nicer words. I was pleased to catch this one, they’re hard to come by.

    – Linda Sparks

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walterover 4 years ago

    Great capture and position of the dancer. I love the colors. You were lucky to capture him without any background distractions. Wonderful!

  • There was some stuff, but taking it out wasn’t as hard as some.

    – Linda Sparks

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellover 4 years ago


    Please add tag: aorbmarfeatures….thank you.
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  • Again, my thanks

    – Linda Sparks

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 4 years ago


  • Thanks so much, Kay. Sometimes all the right things come together and you get lucky to snap it.

    – Linda Sparks

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Brilliant shot- congratulations!

  • Thanks so much. Luck is a wonderful thing.

    – Linda Sparks

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much.

    – Linda Sparks

  • jammingene
    jammingeneover 4 years ago

    Great colors and pov. love this.

  • They certainly are colorful and I was fortunate to capture the diagonal lines of his body at just the right time.

    – Linda Sparks

  • Vicki Pelham
    Vicki Pelhamover 4 years ago

    Lovely work…..

  • Thanks, I appreciate your support

    – Linda Sparks

  • John44
    John44over 4 years ago

    Magnificent work!!

  • Thanks John. I love taking PowWow pics.

    – Linda Sparks

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