Richard K. Agecoutay Canadian 'Cowessess' b. 1963

Young Traditional Dancer - Standing Buffalo Powwow





cibachrome print
41.0 x 27.0 cm
1987 JUL

Saskatchewan Arts Board Permanent Collection
1992-040

About the work I attend powwows for many reasons. As a photographer I can't help but be caught up in the visual stimuli. The fluid motion of each dancer and the vibrant colors of each outfit are pleasing to the eye. The rhythmic beating of the drum, along with the haunting chants of the singers, are soothing to the ears. All these and more not only stimulate the senses but feed the spirit as well. It's encouraging to see powwows becoming more popular in contemporary society. Many years ago Native people were subjected to mass cultural suppression. We were forbidden to practice our culture. It is empowering to know that our cultural heritage has endured, and is alive and thriving today. It's encouraging to see powwows becoming more popular in contemporary society. As we become aware and educated about our cultural heritage, we will become more and more comfortable with our own reality. With this cultural and spiritual renaissance comes strong feelings of pride and determination. -Richard Agecoutay
Object Name PHOTOGRAPH
Style FIRST NATIONS
Subject FIGURE
DANCE
INDIAN
GARMENT