Last night my family and I visited the Siletz annual Powwow. Some of you may not be familiar with these celebrations. They are gatherings of the local native American peoples for a night of traditional chanting and dancing and food. All are welcome to attend, the dance/regaila competions are interspersed with "inter tribal" dances where everyone is encourage to join the fun. The Regailias include traditional and non traditional dress: This is what iss called a "jingle" dress all of those things hanging from the dress are bells. I am not sure how traditional this is, perhaps some coastal tribes would have used sea shells. This Powwow in not one of the largest or perhaps well known but still Native Amearicans were in attenance from as far as Oklahoma. The grounds are situated atop a hill in the midst of the Oregon Coast range: There are no age restrictions young and old, men and women all participate: There are many how wonder what their ancestors would have worn given modern technology: The competions are multifacted, in that the dancers are competing but the drums and chanting for the dancers is a competion as well. Each drum is "manned" by 8-10 people, all joining in on the chanting and drumming.