Don't Take Pictures At Random - Either Still Shots Or Video. Some large Pow Wows require that
you register your camera, and will put a number on it. The announcer will tell the audience when pictures
are permitted. Pay Attention. I have seen cameras confiscated and film destroyed because people did
not listen, and did not take instructions seriously. If there is a particular dance you want to photograph,
Ask Permission Of The Announcer. If he says no, give it up. Some dances are sacred, and are never
to be photographed. If you see a dancer who is especially striking, ask if you may take a picture After
He Or She Leaves The Arena. It would be a courtesy to take his or her name and address and send a
print of the photo. Human kindness and consideration are always long remembered, and deeply appreciated.
Protocol for pictures is different depending upon the part of the country you're in, and the customs of the
Pow Wow Committee. If you see videos being taken, and professional looking camera crews, chances are
they represent a Native organization which sells Pow Wow videos, or newspaper and magazine photographers
who have gotten permission and clearance before the event. Be wise, and be cautious - ask first.