Every weekend during the summer, all over the Indian country, there are powwows, where many dancers, singers, drum groups and artists gather to honour their ancestries. The drum represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth and the songs connect us, one to another and nature. Dancers wearing their regalia tell stories through movements and colours, stories rooted in their rich history. With my photographs I want to display the beauty of a culture and people, misrepresented and often ignored by mainstream media. For me, the meaning of powwow has grown beyond capturing feathers, beadwork and braids. It has evolved into a friendship, a deep personal connection and support for First Nations values, tradition and ideas. ~ Irina Popova
Photographer Irina Popova‘s images were featured in the July/August issue of The Dance Current where they illustrated our cover and the feature essay My Life in Powwow by Karen J. Pheasant-Neganigwane. See also Irina Popova Photography’s Facebook page.