Regalia – Buffalo Headdress

Buffalo headdress NCIPA powwow 2016

Regalia is the term most used to describe the clothing and accessories worn by Indians during their ceremonies, competitive dances, and other events. It can be made of exclusively natural materials such as were used by their forefathers including feathers taken from birds caught by the individuals, leather from animals they killed themselves, beads obtained from traders or others, or any kind of item gathered and used by the individuals. This is often referred to as traditional regalia.

Other regalia may be made from newer less traditionally sourced materials such as modern manufactured beads and buttons or any type of adornment that can add to the look of updated regalia worn by individuals.

There is no right or wrong type of regalia worn and used today. In the past, new items such as small mirrors or new pieces of cloth obtained through barter or trade with other tribes or individuals before the trading of newer items began, were soon incorporated into regalia and displayed proudly. Todays use of new fabrics for streamers and accents worn in the regalia of Fancy Dancers today is not only considered acceptable but necessary for the look of the outfits worn by these dancers today.

Above is a beautiful example of a Buffalo headdress seen from the back so you can appreciate the adornments and beadwork of a spectacular example of craftsmanship and traditional styling. This was seen at the 2016 NCIPA powwow in Ft Collins, Colorado.

This image is a photograph processed in various types of software to bring out the beauty of the various items used in its creation. We’ll be bringing you further examples of incredible regalia in future posts.


Crow Fair Revisited Part 2

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This weekend we are revisiting the 2014 Crow Fair. This is part 2. These are images that have not been posted before. As we have done in the past we are posting them with the minimum of conversation about them so that you can enjoy the memories they bring back.




Early morning sun is warming the lodges.


Returning from the river after watering the herd


Opening ceremonies


Families joining in the circles.


Many happy faces


Recognizing Royalty


Recognizing Royalty ,especially  the youngest ones.


Men’s dancers


Dancing into the sunset


Men’s regalia


Dancing around the circle


Women presenting the colors at the start of the parade


Incredible regalia display


Different styles of dress were part of the parade


Crow woman with beautiful bead work


Crow mother and son riding in the parade


Young man in full headdress


Teen boy in full headdress.


Crow woman with bow and quiver


Young girl with elk tooth dress


Always watchful, there is so much to learn


Scene from the past


Closing ceremonies


Kids saying goodbye,

Watch for further posts from both the Crow Fair and the NAID Blackfeet gathering in the weeks to come.

Crow Fair 2015 Grand Entry

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The Grand Entry at Crow Fair is the beginning of all the festivities that take place in the Arbor. The Dance contests, ceremonies, the general get together when everyone dances for the sheer enjoyment of it. It is the center of all the social activities. It always begins with the color guard presenting the flags.


A dancer performs a special dance to complete the flag presentation.


Then the procession begins with the Royalty entering the circle. These are all the Princesses that have been selected by the various tribes participating to represent them.


The men follow.


The elder warriors leading the men into the circle.


Followed by the women dancing their way around the arbor


There are  many different emotions displayed by the participants. This is a very special time for all.


They continue dancing, gradually completing the circle.


Everyone who can, participates.


Each category of dancers enters in their turn.


The men’s group puts maximum effort forth as they enter.


Each dancer showing his own style as they enter.


Women take their place in the circle.


Young mothers with their children dance and bring their young ones into the circle as soon as they can carry them into the arbor.


An elder warrior pensively completes another round as everyone that can fit enters the arbor.


Younger warriors enter in their turn


As the circle tightens and fills towards completion the dancers begin to pick up the pace.


There is movement and color everywhere one looks.


The drummers are tireless. The beat, the songs, the energy, keep everyone focused and the dancers are totally dependent on them. The ceremonies couldn’t take place without them. They are the heroes in the background, usually unseen but always heard.


The circle is complete. All the participants are inside the arbor, the circle has tightened to make room for everyone and the Grand Entry is complete. Soon the dancing will start and continue until the fair is over.

Over the next few days we e will bring you the Dancing, the Parade, Portraits, the Rodeo, and the Closing ceremonies. Stay  tuned.