Friends of mine were 'enlisted' to dance at some European powwow, at least that's what the people putting them on called 'em. The people wanted authentic native american dancers and so forth, to make their event better and get more people to come. They were to provide plane tickets to and from, and arrange for travel from the airports to a place to sleep and suitable food to eat, meaning room and board.
That being said, the tickets were supplied, a van met them at the airport to take the bags and such the two hours drive back to the powwow site. They also would make a little bit of money for performing.
Bear in mind that young people went to dance as well, since it would be a good experience to see that part of Europe.
(1 - men's tradish, 1 - grassdancer, 1 ladies northern , two young jingle dancers, 1 ladies fancy shawl and a young men's tradish.)
The site had alot of canvas tipis.... all facing whichever way they wanted to put them. None were put up 'slanted', but rather exactly conical, the wrong way. No rain channels dug, no liners put in. The people putting on the powwow hadn't a clue, and the paintwork done on the tipis was so garish it was scary.
The food for the dancers? Three salads a day, it was a vegetarian event. There was a bean soup for dinner though. Sleeping accomodations were the very same van they arrived in, the floor, the seats, etc., or outside on the ground. No one would let them in a tipi, because they didn't know them. Toileting accomodations? There were some bushes and some trees for everyone to use. Showers? A bucket and hose set on top of the vans/etc to heat up.
Their excuse? "Well, real Indians live like this, it's harder for us Europeans to adjust"
And THIS was from members of a european organization that supposedly raises money to help native prisoners and such.. jeez!!