Another weekend, another trip out to another Texas town.
The 51 Annual Indian Pow Wow was this weekend at Traders Village, a place I haven’t seen in 20 years and didn’t have great memories of either. The only thing I remember of Traders Village was how hot it was and how shady a lot of the vendors were.
This trip was no different. At least the vendor part.
Though Traders Village has been around for over 40 years, it’s a complete one and done experience. Most vendors fit in one of the following categories:
- Car parts
- Animals (especially parakeets!)
- Chinatown cheap shit (which did come in handy when I needed a $5 umbrella in the Texas sun and 100 degree weather)
Yep, that’s about it.
But it was the Pow Wow I was there for!
A yearly event but on by the Dallas/Fort Worth Inter-Tribal Association. (sorry, couldn’t find an independent link, aside from a flyer made by Traders Village)
We got there to see an entrance dance of all the participants, a dance to honor the dead, the fancy dress dancers, and The Chicken Dance.
Everyone was encouraged to join along with select dances..and some people did.
The dances: amazing
The dancers: brave
The songs: moving
Be warned: The event area is not shaded…and in the Texas sun/heat, you’d be best to bring an umbrella…or by one for $5. Water is sold everywhere and it’s only $2, not bad.
There are shows throughout the day starting at 12, so enough time to either get there early and check it out…or come late and take it all in.
Before you leave, you MUST HAVE Indian Fry Bread…or and Indian Taco.
Check the history and recipes: HERE.
- Location: Traders Village, Grand Prairie Texas
- Cost: $3/car