Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ramapough pow wow

We attended the Ramapough Mountain Indians'* autumn pow wow in Ringwood State Park. The Ramapough have a long, complex history, and have sought in recent decades to receive formal recognition as a tribe from the federal government.

Two men near the ceremonial fire. Note the flags in the background: U.S., Canadian, and POW/MIA, as well as Native American flags.

Ceremonial dancing. A young man interprets the hunt.

Women dancing. The fringes, we were told, represent members of the tribe.

There were sheep present.

Ringwood Manor was just across a field.

* - Update 4:52 PM: As I link to the official Ramapough Mountain Indians Inc. website, I see the pow wow is not sponsored by them.

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