Images captured at the American Indian Center 63rd Annual Chicago Powwow held in Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village in September. According to the program distributed at the event, the powwow is a celebration of intertribal Native American culture. Chicago is home to the third largest urban Native American population with over 140 tribal nations represented and the American Indian Center was founded in 1953.
Pictured above; Head Veteran (Combat Veteran) Paul Cloud of the Ho-Chunk Nation, serving as overall leader of the powwow circle, responsible for protecting the Eagle Feather staff and powwow area.
Splendid costumes, heart-pounding music and friendly people all made for an awesome day at the powwow. I hope to share more images with you in upcoming posts.