ABOVE RIGHT Lony Street of the Mesquakie pays close attention to the placement of his face paint, a highly symbolic tradition in many Native American cultures.
Photo by Kathy Hicks
ABOVE RIGHT Regalia adornments are often inspired by the natural world, as with this woman’s butterfly stitching.
Photo by Phillip Makselan
Nov. 27 – 28: Poarch Creek Indian Annual Thanksgiving Pow Wow
Now in its 44th year, the annual event regularly draws more than 10, 000 people, as the Poarch Creek people reclaim their heritage and strive for a deeper connection with the past. Activities include competition dancing, drum contests and the annual princess competition, where three young girls are chosen to represent their people as tribal ambassadors for the year at public events and gatherings. Handmade crafts and delicious food, such as Indian tacos and roasted corn, will be available. General admission for adults 11 years old and up is $5. Children 10 and under get in free.
Poarch Creek Indian Reservation • 5811 Jack Springs Road, Atmore 251-368-9136. poarchcreekindians.org
ABOVE LEFT Rick Bachenbaugh from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians epitomizes quiet nobility. Photo by Sherry Stimpson Frost.
ABOVE RIGHT John Butler of the Sac and Fox Nation sports a collection of feathers and ribbons in bright yellows, purples and reds. Photo by Phillip Makselan.
photos by Sherry Stimpson frost, kathy hicks and phillip Makselan