We went back into the Pit and found seats (NOT an easy task!) in time for the evening Grand Entry. The parade of dancers was proceeded by a gentleman carrying a bald eagle on his wrist -
He had the bird trained to fly up every time he raised his arm --
Leading the Grand Entry Parade was an honored elder carrying the Eagle Staff --
And then came the dancers -- all 2678 of them! They just kept coming and coming...
There were some very different dancers wrapped in red and black robes with conical hats, much like the ones we've seen on our coastal tribes in Washington State --
These are veterans dancing the honour gourd dance. Many of the veterans wore blue and red stoles. A blanket was placed in the middle of the floor and people kept coming down and throwing money on it during the dance.
And this is the 2011 Miss Indian World who was crowned tonight. She is an Alaskan native and is actually wearing furs under those presentation blankets. The two ladies dancing immediately behind her are the runner-ups and dancing behind them are her family members. The ladies in the pink jackets are the Board Members who run the pageant.
Her solo dance preceded the jingle dress competition --