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WOW: Pow-Wow




Monday, November 09, 2009

Using OBG's WOW (Word of the Week) - pow wow - to describe a meeting of powerful people might be viewed as disrespectful to Native American culture.  Instead, the appropriate definition of pow-wow (or pau wau) is a gathering of North America's Native people. The word derives from the Narragansett word powwaw, meaning spiritual leader.  A modern pow-wow is a specific type of event where both Native American and non-Native American people meet to dance, sing, socialize, and honor American Indian culture. There is generally a dancing competition, often with significant prize money awarded. Pow-wows vary in length from one day session of 5 to 6 hours to three days. Major pow-wows or pow-wows called for a special occasion can be up to one week long.  [Source: Wikipedia] It might not be a bad idea to give it some thought before you use the word pow-wow to describe that group of folks sitting at Starbucks having a meeting and a cup of coffee.

1 comments:

Niurka on: February 15, 2010 at 2:41 PM said...

I love going to Pow Wows.

 

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