Updated: Dec 3, 2019
The word "pow wow" is derived from the Narragansett word powwaw, meaning "spiritual leader".
A pow wow (also powwow or pow-wow) is a social gathering held by many different Native American communities. A modern pow wow is a specific type of event for Native American people to meet and dance, sing, socialize, and honor their cultures. Pow wows may be private or public. There is generally a dancing competition, with many different types of traditional dances, music and regalia.
In the painting, in the background we have a dream catcher; the woman is dressed in Native American traditional closes with jewelry.
When I was a chief’s granddaughter
I feel really connected to Native Americans from a young age. My grandfather that I was very close to, loved the stories about native Americans and we used to play all the time, imagining we were in a tribe. So, them like this holds a special place in my heart. If you are interested to learn more about Powwow, I found a YouTube clip for you:
The explanation is focused on this specific peace, but to understand where the whole idea come from, why I did this collection, please read my artist statement on my collection ‘BEAUTY OF US’ which this painting is a part of: