Pow WOW! Grand Entry.

Until now, on this blog I’ve shown only images made in India. Although India is my photographic “muse”  I am also continuing to work on a number of long-term projects based in America.

I’d like to share my first “made in America” blog post.

I was previously in the Indian (Native American) jewelry business so photographing powwows has been a great way for me to stay connected with Native American traditions.

Powwows are social gatherings that are spiritual celebrations as well as dance and drumming competitions. The colorful regalia (outfits) worn by dancers are equally matched by the passion of the drum groups.

I regularly attend powwows in New Mexico and California and once visited the great Crow Fair in Montana. This gallery is a selection from New Mexico powwows held in  2009 and 2010. I hope the photos convey the sense of wonder and gratitude I feel.

There are 12 large images in this gallery so please hang on if they are a bit slow to load.

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  1. #1 by Nili on May 12, 2011 - 7:44 PM

    fantastic Cathy!


  2. #2 by Dev on May 12, 2011 - 10:10 PM

    Absolutely stunning, glowing with light! Thank you!


  3. #3 by melanie on May 13, 2011 - 2:34 AM

    I love your photos!


  4. #4 by cathyscholl on May 13, 2011 - 8:07 AM

    Nili, Melanie and Dev…THANK YOU!


  5. #5 by Richard A Hughes on May 15, 2011 - 6:15 AM

    cathy- fantastic fotos !!!


  6. #6 by cathyscholl on May 16, 2011 - 1:12 PM

    Thanks Rick!


  7. #7 by kostas on September 25, 2011 - 11:57 PM

    Excellent images!


  8. #9 by NaZz Toor on March 21, 2012 - 9:42 PM

    u rockkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk 🙂


  9. #11 by alantauber on May 30, 2012 - 12:26 AM

    I know it’s not at all about the camera but what were you using, if you don’t mind?


    • #12 by cathyscholl on July 4, 2012 - 1:20 PM

      Alan I use a Canon 5D MarkII DSLR. Usually with a 24-70 2.8L lens.


  10. #13 by ezee123 on July 2, 2012 - 6:27 PM

    A superb colorful series of dramatic photos..


    • #14 by cathyscholl on July 4, 2012 - 1:22 PM

      Thank you very much Anoop for taking the time to look and comment.


  11. #15 by Gina on January 5, 2013 - 12:12 PM

    what a great, great series, congratulations and a happy 2013


  12. #17 by David Longstreath on January 7, 2013 - 11:37 PM

    Back in my Oklahoma days I attended “Red Earth” in Oklahoma City each year. However your work in New Mexico makes me think about leaving Thailand for a year to shoot some of these. Wow just look at that color.


    • #18 by cathyscholl on March 20, 2013 - 11:38 AM

      Thank you very much David, I appreciate your comment. Thailand is also a colorful place to shoot. Hope you are enjoying wherever you are.


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