"so this pow wow is done. i had fun the whole weekend. but then i set out to have fun. i didnt go into it with expectations that fun would be handed to me. i worked the crowd like a politician. i spoke with so many people i lost count. it dont cost a dime to make someone smile. i also took over 200 pictures. i will make myself a slideshow of the event.
i camped out again even tho i only live 3 miles away. the camping experience is the thing. sleeping on the ground puts you in contact with nature. i had cowboy coffee on everyday. it is the best. one evening my camp feed over 25 people supper. we had people for breakfast every morning. all weekend some stopped in for something to eat. kids like to camp too. i had 10 young ones spend the night saturday. they made smores and had hot dogs. i heard them talking about the best things at the pow wow and they said "uncle eddies camp." made me feel good. even the rain we got at 5 in the morning didnt put a damper on our fun. indian people better be taking an interest in our young folks at an early age.
if i noticed a theme i suppose it would be irony. some people are so conditioned to being negative they cant turn it off. they just cant have fun. every little thing is cause for complaint. damn let it go...enjoy yourself. life is too short to waste it whining around.
i spoke with irene bedard, and had my picture taken with her. one year i did a home video for my boys in leavenworth. irene appeared in it, she sent a message to the brothers there. she remembered that. i told her i had to talk on alcohol and drug abuse later. so we talked about the problems in indian country. it is the same everywhere. she is very knowledgeable and has concern for our people. she is beautiful inside too. when i was ready to leave, she gave me a free copy of her new cd. she said to listen to the song she wrote for leonard. i thanked her for that. i am listening to it now.
we had some young people that ran from macy nebraska to our pow wow. i had to speak for it. it was a spiritual run to bring attention to alcohol and drug abuse, suicide and violence. we also have spouse abuse, sexual abuse and child neglect. young girls take meth while carrying new life. i remarked that those are the issues we dont want to talk about. i related that these things werent part of our tradition. we cant be traditional if we do them. healing wont start until we admit we have a problem. some of our young people missed my talk because they were drinking, drugging and fighting the night before. i dont know if my speech was worth a free pass or not. we honor singers and dancers, but have little regard for speakers. some dont want to hear what speakers have to say. so they tune them out. i feel my reward was in delivering the message. i encouraged people to take the message home.
i scored me a t shirt with prairie band potawatomi airbrushed on it. it also had an eagle feather with my indian name in it. it was done by a prairie band artist. it drew a few compliments. i also bought a t shirt with the 'longest walk' on it. i was there. i talked with other stand owners. i told them timing was everything. if they were there a week later, the prairie band would have their per caps. and then they would buy the hell out of the stands. some said why dont you bring that up. i replied i did, but they dont want to hear that. pig headed indians. they charge stand owners 4 bills so broke indians can only look but not buy. irony?
our pow wow just keep growing. and it is a fine one to attend. i will go every year. the only thing with good pow wows is that indians ruin them. they overdo it. you see pow wows around the country that are happening. everyone has to go there. i have went to many of them. then all of a sudden, the pow wow is cooked. people run them into the ground. then people stop coming. i hope that never happens to ours. it is by far my favorite pow wow of the year."