Archive for Thursday, September 20, 2007

Educational experience missed

September 20, 2007

What a pity the old gymnasium was not packed Saturday with De Soto residents at the powwow. How ironic that people want to build more and more schools, and won't even take their children to a free educational celebration right here in town. There was ethnic cuisine of the indigenous nations, delicious comfort food served by friendly people who were happy to greet us.

The drumming and singing were so powerful, my 1-year-old grandson would not stop struggling frantically until we let him get down on the floor and dance. Our 4-year-old granddaughter lost her shyness so completely, she borrowed my shawl and went out to dance in the little tykes contest. The judges graciously declared it a tie, and gave every child a bag of candies, along with a Sacajawea gold coin for a keepsake. She came home and showed her invalid grandfather how she had nearly danced her little shoes off.

Where were the photographers? If you enjoy native dances and costumes in Europe or the Orient, you would have loved these. The men and boys, as in all species, were the most brilliantly dressed. Some wore ancient eagle feather headdresses, and bells around their ankles. Many women wore long dresses with ruffles around the hems and carried feather fans. One little girl, not over 6 years old, wore a lovely pink outfit with a silky fringed shawl, and could she dance!

Was there ever a powwow in De Soto before? None that I can remember in the more than 30 years I have lived here. It was a cultural event the likes of which you will never see again. You local parents really, really missed it this time and lost a golden opportunity to expand your little children's minds and broaden their life experiences.

GeorgeAnn Taylor

De Soto

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