Photography by Kathy Sharp Frisbee ©2005
This photo essay of the 2005 Mashpee Wampanoag Pow Wow held July 2, 3 and 4 on Cape Cod is presented in appreciation and gratitude for the Mashpee Wampanoag Nation and the more than 500 additional American Indian nations, that comprise this continent’s ancient and enduring first heritage.
In holding firm to their sacred spiritual inheritance of living close to nature, of preserving traditional storytelling as a way of teaching and intellectualizing, of maintaining their language and family nourishing life ways, they are role models weaving past, present and future dynamics in their own unique way to persevere and progress in the state of the world today.
In sharing their traditions and cultural values through the music, song, dance, art and deep faith The Creator has inspired in them throughout antiquity, the Mashpee Wampanoag - along with other tribes represented at this annual gathering, and tribes at thousands of pow wows across this land every year - enrich people of all cultures in the universal human family.
Native American Mashpee Wampanoag elder Cometah