Native American

Feel the drum beat. Hear the singing. See the colors.

Grab your favorite art medium and join Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers as we immerse ourselves in the rich heritage of the Native American Pow Wow!

Feel the drum beat. Hear the singing. See the colors. Admire the the regalia the dancers wear, the skilled footwork and precise movements. These are Native American powwows.

There is great pageantry to pow wows with exquisitely constructed regalia that is handmade and includes feathers, shells, bones, beadwork and sometimes family heirlooms. Everything on the regalia usually has significance to the dancer. Seeing the regalia- including the bustles and headdresses- up close, you can see the intricacies and craftsmanship that goes into each piece, a pattern that makes the colors flash and swirl when the dancer begins to move.

Native American Indian’s gather together, to join in dancing, singing, feasting, visiting, renewing old friendships and making new ones. An incredible way to truly experience the traditions of the past as the American Native Indian’s blend traditions of the present and the past.

Today, Pow Wows are a place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples can come together in peace to celebrate tradition and promote an enduring culture. There are thousands of Pow Wows held across North American. They are held in all 50 states and all Canadian provinces.

History of American Indian Pow Wows
Background of POW WOWS
Important Terminology

What is a POW WOW?
Alexis Pow Wow 2021

Traditional Pow Wow
Fine Art America- Pow Wows
Native American Regalia
Kumeyaay- Photography: Pow Wows
G Ballard Photos- Pow Wows
Native American TeePees 
Native American Totem Poles
Native American Symbols
Tools and Healing Practices

All Virtual New York Urban Sketchers events are one session (10 am -12 pm EST) held on Saturdays. For participants wanting to challenge themselves sketching more of a particular locality or theme, you are welcome to do the EXTENSION SKETCH PROJECT below:

POW WOW Extension Sketch Project:
Choose of the following prompt to sketch:
(a) Native American Healing & Tools
(b) Totem Poles
(c) Native American Tee Pee
(d) Ethnic Font-Native American

*Please post your finished sketches
to the USK NYC Facebook Site
Be sure to add the hash tag #NUS.

Facilitators of Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers
  • Theresa Smith
  • Lynda Greeley (Mama Bear)
  • Cecilia Evasco (Maricel)
  • Dina Schlesinger
  • Michel Skelly
  • Elizabeth Birkby
with the assistance of Mark Leibowitz
founder of USK NYC

web site design by Cecilia Evasco
for Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers
under the auspices of USK NYC
Scheduled for August 21, 2021

Coming UP: Yosemite

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  • Orangeburg, New York, United States