Powwow (030403) in Japanese 日本語

The original meaning of “Powwow” in Algonquian, a Native American language, was “conjurer”. This referred to the magic performed by a medicine man.  In the early 20th century, “Powwow” came to mean a gathering of Native Americans.  “Powwow” events are sort of a family union, cultural revival, and dance contest.  Eye-popping colored costumes are decorated with elaborate beading and eagle feathers.  “Powwow” was held as one of the events of the St. Paul Winter Carnival:  See the photos.

By the way, Native American languages have contributed to the vocabularies of European languages. To a great extent the contributions have been in  the names of places.  For example, in the case of the
Mississippi , “ Mississippi ” stemmed from the Algonquian words of mitsi (big) and sitpi (river).   Our state name, “ Minnesota “ came from mni (water) and sota (clear in Sioux).

Sources < http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/RefEdList.aspx?refid=210120292 > broken link as of 03/26/2015
“America A to Z”, U.S. General Books, Reader’s Digest, Pleasantville, NY, 1997
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Loon Lake Powwow '09, Mens Traditional Special, Part 1 - YouTube

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