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Published on Aug 20, 2009
The Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center, Lawton, OK, hosts the traveling exhibition 50 Years of Powwow September 24, 2009 through January 3, 2010.
50 Years of Powwow was conceived and organized by the American Indian Center of Chicago, and developed by The Field Museum. The exhibition consists of photographs that document the traditional gathering of American Indians that has become a tradition in communities nationwide. Powwows are places and times to rekindle old friendships, reaffirm traditional values, share and introduce the vivid and vital spectacle of contemporary Indian culture to the larger community. The powwow is a celebration and extension of Indian traditions and an important vehicle for transmitting those traditions to younger generations
The photographs in the exhibition depict dancers, drummers, singers, craftspeople, and traditional foods, and explore how American Indians retain their traditional cultures and languages in todays urban world. The fifty photographs were taken by members of the American Indian community in Chicago. The exhibit is augmented with items and photographs on loan from the Comanche Nation Community. For more information go to www.comanchemuseum.com.