New 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!
Polka Dot Grass Dancer
Fancy Feather Dancer
Jingle Dress Dancer
Fancy Shawl Dancer
Pow Wow Kids
Grand Entry Women
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
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 based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.
Beautiful photos, I love the one of the Grand Entry woman, where the woman in yellow is looking directly towards you.
These photos are incredible!! Would love to know more about the participants. Thanks for a delightful post 🙂
What photos! And I,too, love the pow wow kid.
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.
COLORS COLORS COLORS…..WOW….so assume. You are so lucky to be there and see that first hand.
Oh wow. These are beautiful.
Beautiful images and culture. 🙂 Like you said, well worth the wait!
My kind of event with so much glorious color and BEADS!!!!
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.
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?
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.
Amazing photos! Love the blog.
Beautiful, it would be hard for me to pick out a favorite. Were there really Aztecs and Vikings there or is that a descriptor?
Beautiful. Love the colors
Really, it’s a incredible post with amazing photography. love it. everyone person in the photos looking serious and colorful.
These photographs are amazing,capturing the true spirit of Native Americans! I adore these.
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