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The 153rd Annual "Original" Omaha Tribal Pow-Wow
Reproduced from Folklife Center News 6:4 (October-December 1983): 7-11.


First Impressions | Dance Contests | Generosity

Traditional and Fancy Dance Contests at the Omaha Pow-Wow

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Signing Up Contest Entrants
August 12, 1983.

Pow-wow competitions are for dancers, categorized by age and by gender, who perform "fancy" and "traditional" dances. Fancy dances call for intricate steps and more elaborate attire. At many pow-wows fancy dancing is emphasized most, but at the Omaha Pow-wow traditional dancing was stressed, and the best adult male traditional dancer received the pow-wow's biggest cash prize: $1,000.
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Traditional Male Dancer
August 14, 1983.
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Grand Entry
August 13, 1983.
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Robinson Family Gets Ready for Evening Dance
August 12, 1983.
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Fancy Dancers Get Ready in Camp Area
August 13, 1983.
Judges score contestants both on dancing and costume. Younger competitors rely on parents or older siblings for help in preparation. A photograph in the parking lot (lower left) depicts sister and brother Linda and Norman Robinson costuming young Jamie and Seth as Norman Jr. stands by.


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