Thank you for being so open and free with your explanations. In the past, I have been confronted with animosity for asking about "sacred things" (ceremonies, included) of native peoples. I was a bit leery about asking such a question here about pow wows.
I think it is important for native people to remember, as much as some of their gatherings are of a social nature, that people will want to know the significance of such things. I was not raised indian and will try to understand privacy issues in relation to native peoples form of worship. As I am sure you know, worship in this country, is an affair that is open to the public. However, within the religious organization of which I am a part there are many nationalities, which speak many languages. At their meeting places, their particular language is spoken freely (and may not be English). Participants of our faith, therefore, feel most comfortable being in the congregation that speaks their particular language. Even though the same Bible is used for study/worship (printed in their language) with corresponding literature as well- everyone, regardless of their language, is learning the same information about God.
In traditional native culture, even today, it seems the various tribes have their own form of worship, which is separate from mainstream society and may always be that way.
I hope I have explained myself correctly in trying to understand about pow wows and sacred ceremonies; and will try to respect the right native peoples have to their culture.
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