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Wow that's soooo cool! Native American culture is facinating. I love the US and we still have so much of it we want to see, only been to Orlando and Las Vegas so far.

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What kind of "Pow Wow" did you bring your Mom here for?

That was the AAIWV Homecoming Pow Wow in September 2002. I'm friends with a few members of a Native American Drum and they were drumming there. My parents live in Germany so they usually don't get to see that side of America. (Actually, I found that many Americans here don't even get to see that side of their country.) Since my mom is interested in Native American culture, I just had to bring her and introduce her to my friends. There are probably larger and more impressive Pow Wows around the country (and we actually went to another one that was more commercial), but they are no substitute for actually spending the day as guests of the hosting drum instead of just being tourists! I was glad to be able to make that experience possible for my mom while she was here. :D


I actually work for the City (just started my 19th year) and I don't know why I don't remember that event. Could have been just after I transferred from the PD to my current job, so you don't always hear the scoop on what's going on in town. May have to snoop about in Mayor's office to see if there's anything in the local Historical Society books, see if I can refresh my memory. Very cool that you brought your Mom here for the experience!

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tracyd wrote:
May have to snoop about in Mayor's office to see if there's anything in the local Historical Society books, see if I can refresh my memory.

According to some old Pow Wow calenders I found online, it was the weekend Sept. 20-22, on Pfaff St. at Morrell Avenue, if that helps with digging up information. There doesn't seem to be too much online except for those few calendar entries.


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MoshiandIndianasMum wrote:
Wow that's soooo cool! Native American culture is facinating. I love the US and we still have so much of it we want to see, only been to Orlando and Las Vegas so far.

You know, there's a lot more over here than Disney World and Casino-Hotels mimicking other places around the world from Neuschwanenstein Castle to Venice. :lol:


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tameeria wrote:
tracyd wrote:
May have to snoop about in Mayor's office to see if there's anything in the local Historical Society books, see if I can refresh my memory.

According to some old Pow Wow calenders I found online, it was the weekend Sept. 20-22, on Pfaff St. at Morrell Avenue, if that helps with digging up information. There doesn't seem to be too much online except for those few calendar entries.


Ah-ha....that's Ordnance Park. Right across the tracks from where I live. Its ringing a bell now! Thanks for extra info, I'll do snopping Monday at the office and see if we've got any cool pics or records of that!

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Does this look like it might be in Ordnance Park? (Probably hard to tell... I didn't label my pictures properly, but I think these are from the Pow Wow in St. Albans.)
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...and I hope I'm not offending anyone by posting their pics, but it was a public event after all and I think these are ok. (It was more like a real tribal gathering than a tourist event and for some dances and ceremonies they asked for spectators to refrain from taking pictures, so we were really careful trying to follow proper etiquette.)


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This was so cute! Watch the Little Warrior following his adored idol around the dance circle.
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On the next round, Little Warrior got to carry the spear. You can really see the "Whoah, cool!" look on his face! Someone had a wish fulfilled that day. :lol:
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This one has a few houses in the background. Maybe this might make it easier to determine whether it really was in St. Albans, though I'm pretty sure it was.
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awww bless that little man!

it's a small world isn't it? :D


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That's definately Ordnance Park!! The last pic is showing houses on Morrell Avenue. The event is in a very large, City-owned field across the street. The other side of the field should be bordered by railroad tracks...and if you go across, you're almost at my front door!

The houses in Ordnance Park are "duplexes", and they were built during WWII for workers and their families who moved here to work in the chemical plants that were being built in the valley. There are 7 streets, each two blocks long.

St. Albans is an old City, over one hundred years old, and this area does have some Native American history. The name of our County, Kanawha, is Native American in origin.

I believe that one of our ex-councilmen, and the Mayor at that time were heavily involved in this event. Awesome that you found some pics, thanks for sharing them! I don't recall seeing any before.

If anyone is bored, lol, a little St. Albans history: http://www.stalbanswv.com/historicalsociety.shtml
There are actually some lovely old houses/buildings here which are listed on the National Historical register.

You're right, Ren, small world!! Amazing how the net can bring you together with people you might never have known otherwise.
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Hi and welcome to the forum, i'm sure you'll have fun here with us crazy cat lovers. :lol:
I've a friend who lives in Indiana, she opened my eyes to the USA culture. :wink:

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spotsnstripes wrote:
Hi and welcome to the forum, i'm sure you'll have fun here with us crazy cat lovers. :lol:
I've a friend who lives in Indiana, she opened my eyes to the USA culture. :wink:


Thanks! Crazy cat lovers are just my kind of people! :lol: :wink:

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