I have been to many Indian powwows over the years, but this weekend was the first time that I stayed and camped at one, and took the time to talk to people. I never thought about going to powwows outside of my home town but The Pine Creek Reservation Traditional Powwow in Athens, Michigan advertised it was open to the public. My heart was so excited with anticipation all week. I love the dancing and the drumming and oh the frybread, yum.
I never go to any kind of festival, craft show or any kind of gathering with mobs of people. Powwows are different though, in purpose and attitude. I may not know anyone but I feel like I’m home. It’s like a big family reunion rather than a place for strangers to gather and spend money like most festivals. I know this experience would seem odd to many of my friends, but then again so does living radically for Christ, which most of society views as odd.
You might wonder “what is a powwow?” Well unlike one friend who assumed that it was a preparation for war because that’s what he’d seen in movies. I guess you can’t believe everything you see on TV. A powwow is a Native American gathering that welcomes people from all cultures to sing, dance and renew friendships while making new ones. Central to the powwow is the drum, without it there would be no singing or dancing, just as Christ is central to the life of those who love him. In a life with Christ there is much joy and celebration, singing and dancing and fellowship. Christ is the drummer and my heart dances to his tune. I rejoice that my heart beats to a different drum.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2 (NLT)