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“Mother Earth’s Creations” Pow Wow, July 3, 2016 — Wow, Wow, WOW!

by Anura Guruge

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This was my 2nd Pow Wow in 6 weeks — the other having been the “Honoring Of The Elders” Inter-Tribal Pow Wow In Tamworth, NH on May 21, 2016.

It was GOOD. Very good. Loved it. Different, way different to the one in Tamworth. For a start it was much bigger, much larger attendance, more dancers and it was a custom-built venue for Inter-Tribal Pow Wows. The atmosphere and ambience was just magical. Beautiful grounds. Lots of trees and hence shady and cool thought it was a v. hot (mid-80s) day. As with Tamworth there was this amazing, palpable sense of dignity and serenity. Though there were at least 150 people about it was not loud. We got there around 2:30pm. The drummers were having a well-earned lunch break. So the only music was flutes and that was very soothing. The drums, when they started, were impressive. As was the signing.

I took a LOT of pictures. Haven’t had time to sort them all out. Just published these 18 to get us started. I can’t claim that these were my best shots. I just pulled out 18 in a hurry. I will work on publishing more.

Appears that they have more Pow Wows in August and September. I am going to try and attend at least one of these.

P.S., Entrance is by donation. That was neat since we only planned to spend 2 – 3 hours.

I thoroughly recommend this place and the Pow Wows. Enjoy.

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by Anura Guruge

‘Candy Dance’ For The Kids From “Honoring Of The Elders” Pow Wow — YouTube Video.

by Anura Guruge

Refer to these 2 earlier posts for details & pictures:

  1. 30 Memorable Faces from the Pow Wow.

  2. 4 images from the Pow Wow.


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This took place about 2 hours after the dancing started (at noon). It is a dance (and tradition) meant to teach children discipline and community participation. Very cute. A cross between an Easter egg hunt and musical chairs. When the drumming stops you try to pick up as much candy and toys as you can. But if the drumming starts again you have to drop everything you have picked up. So that is the musical chairs part. They don’t know how many times the drumming will stop and then start. However, when the drumming stops for the last time — you get to keep all you collected — candy and stuffed toys in the main. Very good. Video also gives you an idea as to the EXCELLENT singing and group drumming.

First video taken with
3 day old Fujifilm X-E2s.

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‘Laconia Multicultural Festival’ 2015 Was Vibrant, Variegated, Vivid & Virtuous.

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by Anura Guruge

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The vibrancy that oozed out of Saturday’s ‘Laconia Multicultural Festival‘, September 12, 2015, was palpable. It indeed was a festival; colorful, merry, noisy, aromatic and collegial. Everybody was having a good time. This was Laconia at its very best on what was a picture perfect day. We are great supporters of this ‘Day’. We have been to all but one of the 14 ‘Multicultural Days‘ — last year being the one exception because we happened to be in Acadia.

This year’s ‘Festival’ was good. The energy and spirit was back. It reminded you what it was meant to be. I miss the night concert that we used to have but 2015 was indeed memorable. There are now two venues for music, the traditional stages in ‘Rotary Park‘ and a new performance tent at ‘City Hall’. That was good. More variety, moe music. Quite a few vendors, though the numbers might have been a tad down. Wasn’t packed, but a respectable crowd. I always wonder where all the other people from Laconia, Gilford, Tilton etc. are on the day. The ‘Festival’ is hard to miss.

“Black Thunder” & “Neha Parikh’s Classical Indian Dancers”, two perennial favorites and “Sayon Camara’s West African Drumming” as well as the “O’Brien Clan” did us all proud.

Lots of good food at affordable prices. Interesting merchandise. Not a hint of trouble or strife. A few police officers around — and they could be seen having a good time interacting with the folks. I took about 230 pictures. I will try and showcase as many as I can.

Thank YOU Laconia. That was good. Bravo!