"Waiting to Dance"
Music is an integral part of Native American culture and there are few better opportunities to appreciate it’s beauty and complexity than at a traditional powwow. The drum is often heralded as the “heartbeat of the people” and MKIM is fortunate to host several of the best Northern and Southern style drums in New England for their annual powwow.
Complementing the singing and drumming you will find dancers representing different tribes and dance styles from across North America filling the circle with their energy and grace. From the brightly colored shawls and feathers of fancy dancers, to the joyful sounds of bells and jingles, to the regal elegance of the traditional dancers, this is an event you will not want to miss!
Listen to the Emcee as he will tell you when to stand and sit after honoring songs. He will also announce intertribal dances and other important information.
Please ask singers and dancers before taking their photos. If the Emcee announces that no photos are to be taken, please respect this request. An emcee will make this request during a sacred honor song or dance. We ask that you respect this very important part of our Native tradition.
Do not sit on someone else’s blanket unless you are invited. Please note benches within the circle are reserved for the Dancers and seating under the tent is reserved for elders.
If invited to dance, please do so. It is disrespectful to decline. If you do not know how, you will be taught by the person who invited you.
Please do not refer to a dancer’s attire as a costume. The correct term is regalia. Regalia is sacred to that dancer, often passed down through a family or given to honor someone. A dancer’s regalia is an important part of his or her identity and culture.
Do not touch a dancer’s regalia. These items are often handmade and are often gifts to the dancers from friends and family. They have deep significance and should be treated with reverence.
While leashed pets are welcome on museum grounds they are not permitted within the circle. Additionally, animals left in cars will be reported to the police.
Questions are welcome. Please ask!