The heart of any Pow Wow is the drum. It is its beat of the celebration in which all the dancers move to in order to honour Mother Earth during every dance at the Pow Wow. A big part of any Pow Wow is the dancing competition portion. Some of the bigger Pow Wow's have significant prize money awarded for the dance competitions. Let's take a closer look at the different dances involved in most Pow Wows.
Let's take a moment to clarify some terms in the moccasin world as there are several shoes that claim to be moccasins when in fact they are not. A moccasin is a heelless shoe made completely of soft leather with the sole brought up and attached to a piece of U-shaped leather on top of the foot. Worn and designed firstly by Native Americans, traditional moccasins have evolved over time. Today, genuine leather moccasins can be found as driving moccasin shoes, soft sole slippers or hard sole loafers. Each were created for a different purpose. Let's find out the difference between the three and why you might wear them.
There are two main ways genuine leather is tanned and that is chemically, also known as chrome tanning, and vegetable tanning. A lot of people write to us about vegetable tanning vs. chemical tanning so this blog talks about these 2 different processes and their advantages and disadvantages. It is important to know how the real leather you buy is treated and tanned. People with sensitivities to chemicals should pay special attention to the tanning process of natural leather so as to protect themselves. All of our handmade leathers products and apparel are chemically tanned, but we thought we'd let our readers know about the differences between the two different processes.
Traditional moccasins are known as a timeless shoe because of their classic design that never goes out of style and the free-spirited historical culture they represent. Natural moccasins were worn by Native American Indians long before Christopher Columbus ever discovered North America so they could be considered our Nation's 'first' footwear. Native American moccasins are part of our beautiful heritage.