Taos Pow Wow 2013: Don’t Rain On My Regalia!

P7140118New Mexico, like much of the West, is suffering through a dangerous drought. So this weekend when storm clouds rolled in over the Taos Pow Wow in northern New Mexico, nobody could complain. The rain was a blessing, but it did mean waiting through several rain delays: the regalia the dancers wear is priceless, passed down through generations and nobody expected them to dance through a soaking. So we waited, and waited and waited for nearly five hours for the storm to pass. When it finally cleared, we were treated to a spectacular display of drums and dancing that was totally worth the wait!

Pow Wow Kid. This might have been my favorite regalia of the day!

Pow Wow Kid. This might have been my favorite regalia of the day!

Polka Dot Grass Dancer

Polka Dot Grass Dancer

Traditional Dancer

Traditional Dancer

Fancy Feather Dancer

Fancy Feather Dancer

Jingle Dress Dancer

Jingle Dress Dancer

Fancy Shawl Dancer

Fancy Shawl Dancer

Family Dance

Family Dance

Pow Wow Kids

Pow Wow Kids

The Aztecs

The Aztecs

Viking Dancer

Viking Dancer

Jingle Dresses

Jingle Dresses

Grand Entry Women

Grand Entry Women

Eagle Dancer

Eagle Dancer

Check out my previous Pow Wow post here for lots more photos! Reminder: please don’t steal my photos! These belong to me, the dancers and the Taos Pueblo Tribe. You can contact me at theblondecoyote@gmail.com. Thank you!

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently traveling the backroads from New Mexico to Alaska, writing and living out of a tiny Teardrop camper. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
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18 Responses to Taos Pow Wow 2013: Don’t Rain On My Regalia!

  1. Donna says:

    Beautiful photos, I love the one of the Grand Entry woman, where the woman in yellow is looking directly towards you.

  2. 2geeks3knots says:

    These photos are incredible!! Would love to know more about the participants. Thanks for a delightful post :)

  3. What photos! And I,too, love the pow wow kid.

    • Judy / Lamont Cayaditto says:

      hello my name is Lamont Cayaditto the father of pow wow kid his name is Garrett Cayaditto. you can go to youtube and see more of his dances jus put name in the box and enjoy.

  4. beachman says:

    COLORS COLORS COLORS…..WOW….so assume. You are so lucky to be there and see that first hand.

  5. heidikins says:

    Oh wow. These are beautiful.

    xox

  6. Courtenay says:

    Beautiful images and culture. :-) Like you said, well worth the wait!

  7. My kind of event with so much glorious color and BEADS!!!!

  8. You captured some great action shots. The Taos Pow Wow is one my favorite events, but it’s been a few years since we have been able to attend. I’m assuming you paid all the photography/camera fees before taking photos and asked for permission from the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Committee before posting your photos online. The also require asking permission from each of the dancers before photographing them. I remember how very strict they are about photography.

  9. Todd says:

    Stunning images. You are equally blessed with photos as you are with words.

    If I may ask, how do you manage your images? Do you use Lightroom? Do you back up online, etc?

    Sincerely,
    Todd

  10. diana33092 says:

    I have cousins in Michigan who live on a reservation. They have invited my family and I to attend a Pow Wow but I never had the chance to go. Seeing these stunning and colorful images, I am sure to go and witness this event for myself.

  11. Amazing photos! Love the blog.

  12. Beautiful, it would be hard for me to pick out a favorite. Were there really Aztecs and Vikings there or is that a descriptor?

  13. Tiffani says:

    Beautiful. Love the colors

  14. Erco Travels says:

    Really, it’s a incredible post with amazing photography. love it. everyone person in the photos looking serious and colorful.

  15. BeachBaby says:

    These photographs are amazing,capturing the true spirit of Native Americans! I adore these.

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