For Press & Media > Media Etiquette
Below is a guide for all who attend the powwow. If this is your first visit, here are some important tips for being respectful of our traditions.
- Please stand, remove hats, and refrain from taking photographs and video during all Honor Songs and when an eagle feather is being retrieved from the dance circle.
- No alcohol or drugs are allowed on the premises. The Ann Arbor Powwow Committee reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone believed to be intoxicated or under the influence.
- Please ask permission before taking pictures of dancers outside the dance circle. Always ask permission before taking a picture of the singers and their drum.
- The dancers' clothing is referred to as "regalia," not "costumes"
- Respect the dancers' regalia, do not touch, unless given permission.
- Please listen to the Powwow Masters of Ceremonies for specific instructions.
Additional expectations for media:
Please understand that the dancers and singers are not entertainers, they are members of American Indian communities from all over the country, participating in this cultural celebration with their families. Please be respectful and abide by the following guidelines.
The media does not have permission to photograph individual dancers, singers or even drums unless you ask for the individual's (or drum keeper's) permission. If permission is granted, photograph/article/video recording must be published/broadcast with the appropriate information.