"Canadian Native Indian Pow Wow !"
At the Grand River, Ontario / CANADA in 2003.
My thoughts about the native Indians during our visit to the
"Grand River Pow Wow Competition".
at the "Six Nations Reservation", on July 26 to 27, 2003.
The POW WOW of participating North - American native Indians
from different tribes was held at noon, and everything went along well,
as if they were all members of a large family.
Canadian native Indians with their children and grandchildren,
all in their traditional clothing, Eagle feathered headdresses,
with painted faces they had prepared themselves,
for the ceremony and dance in the "sacred circle" (spiritual Circle).
After that they took part individually or in groups
in the various traditional competitions.
The clothing of the Indians of the different native tribes has varied
Also their dances had different rhythm's, with almost howling vocals,
and the drumming in the background of the Indian groups
in the individual performances were truly unique,
as it showed all the spectators a lot of their ancient culture
and how things were a very long time ago!
The Indian warriors dancing to the singers and drum group "High Spirit",
were for me personally, the highlight of this Pow Wow!
As small groups of painted up warriors in full plumage
were doing their victory dance, a circular dance of the surviving brave
who had returned to their tribe as they went back to their
after a battle, just as their predecessors in the past day's did.
Spiritually connected with their ancestors, they cast their eyes
in their ritual dance, alternately down to earth and up again toward
The shrill voices of the dancing warriors and the thundering rhythm
of the big drums almost drowned out the voices of the background group.
This very meaningful and inspirational performance must have made
the many hundreds spectators very thoughtful,
as all people were watching the performance of the dance in
The Indians whom I saw there and I spoke with personally,
were friendly and humble, yet very proud people!
In their beliefs of their own culture,
they showed respect for their Ancestors and their children at the same
also for nature and all life on this earth.
Toward all other people they were friendly and courteous !
In my opinion, our Canadian and US Indian tribes are the real Natives
and the original Ancient Inhabitants of North America in the truest
These Natives have almost lost all rights to most of their land
in the last 500 years or so!
We Immigrants and other inhabitants of this country CANADA,
"of different cultures," can learn much from these Native Indians,
about many of their values ??in their individual families,
great respect for nature and the importance of the spiritual essence
of their large extended family and their common folk of their different
It was an honor for me and my family to spend a whole day with these
In the true sense of the oncoming friendship,
I dedicate this open letter to all the participating Canadian Native
in the "Grand River Canadian Native Indian POW WOW"!
Written in a free CANADIAN
Hartmut Reinsch © 2003 Toronto / CANADA
*Originally written in the German Language
and translated by Hartmut Reinsch © in Jan. 2012
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at the Grand River in Ontario / Canada!
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|"A Symbol" was written to
celebrate the 125th Birthday
of Canada in 1992 and to
honor all of Canada's Native
Indians. The design of the
Pendant expresses a spiritual
closeness of the the Eagle
from our Ancient people merging
with our "Canadian Maple Leaf".
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