This afternoon we ventured a few miles over to SunWatch Indian Village to enjoy a traditional pow wow sponsored by The Miami Valley Council for Native Americans. What a neat afternoon. A modern pow wow is a specific type of event where both Native American and non-Native American people meet to dance, sing, socialize, and honor American Indian culture.
As a child, we often traveled down to the Great Smokey Mountains and paid a visit to Cherokee, North Carolina’s reservation. I was always enthralled with the ceremonies shared by the Cherokee tribe, and loved receiving one of those stretched-rubber tom-toms and headdress, as well as leather moccasins from one of the local stores.
Since his arrival, Quintin has been slow to offer information regarding life on the reservation, or shed any light on his Navajo heritage. The past few months he has volunteered a few shreds of information. As we drove the several miles to SunWatch Indian Village, Quintin did comment, “I hope they have fry bread. My grandma use to make it and it is so good.” This was not the first time he mentioned frybread, and how much he loved eating it.
After watching a number of ceremonial dances we decided to grab something to eat, and sure enough, there was a booth with frybread (several booths, actually). We first got bread with honey, and it was delicious. Later we got the frybread tacos – wow! That hit the spot.
It was really a wonderful afternoon, and as it turned out, Quintin was not the only Navajo Indian present. One of the flutists was from the Navajo reservation, and Quinny was really taken with his music.