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Denver Pow Wow

Our own FRPM member, David Brown Eyes has been photographing Powwows all over the western states.  His images are full of motion and color capturing the traditional dance.  Join David when the Pow Wow comes to Denver.  David will be available early morning at McDonalds to go over Pow Wow protocol, heritage  and answer any other questions you might have about photographing this interesting event.

Meet at 8:AM for breakfast McDonalds on 4490 Washington Street

Leave McDonalds at 9:30 a.m. or so.  Those wanting to carpool could make arrangements at this time in order to save parking fees at the Colosseum.

Arrive at the Colosseum around 10 to get tickets, look around and get settled in. select a meeting spot etc.  Saturday is very crowded with dancers and spectators. acquire photo passes in time for Grand Entry

Grand Entry is at 11 or so, may get a good introduction to Indian time.

There will be food available, standard area type stuff and also an Indian Taco/Fry Bread stand.  I many times bring my own food with me.

Full schedule of the event is here.

http://www.denvermarchpowwow.org/DMPW_Website/schedule.html

COSTS:
Front Range Meetup will not be collecting fees, you will pay as you go:

Day pass for Denver March Powwow $7.00

Parking $5.00  - not confirmed, might be $10.00

Photography pass - $30.00

I would suggest bringing a fast zoom lens.   I will be renting a 70 - 200 F/2.8  The light quality in the Colosseum is very poor.

As long as the dancers are in the dance area there is no need for model releases

Powwow is a family event!


Questions?  Ask away here...

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  • David Brown E.

    There are other pow wows in the Denver area. Here is a list of local/statewide events. I will be at most of them.

    http://www.fortnet.org/PowWow/events.html

    April 22, 2014

    • Fernando B.

      That's great. Thank you for sharing this information, David!

      April 22, 2014

  • David Brown E.

    It was a great time meeting with you all. I do hope you had a good time. I am uploading 25 of my best shots.

    2 · March 23, 2014

  • Sean M.

    The Pow Wow is always great. Hoping to make it back tomorrow!

    March 22, 2014

  • Koko

    David's orientation was the perfect roadmap to all things Pow Wow, from parking, to Indian time, to etiquette. All Pow Wow meetup participants were very helpful with camera settings and it was such a pleasure meeting each one if them. A very friendly, welcoming and supportive group!

    March 22, 2014

  • Suzanne S.

    This was a fun outing! David Brown Eyes was an excellent and delightful organizer/leader for this event. He was more than generous in sharing his extensive knowledge of pow wows, his experience with this event in the Coliseum, and even found us a good spot in the Coliseum. I learned so much, and had a much richer experience than if I'd gone there on my own. It was a pleasure to meet David, and also to meet Koko, Fernando, and Richard at the pre-meeting at McDonald's. An interesting, generous, and helpful group of photographers!

    3 · March 22, 2014

    • Fernando B.

      Indeed! Thank you, David, for organizing this, and to Suzanne, Richard and Koko for being so friendly. For everyone else, you still have one more day to go, and the photo passes are only $10 on Sunday. Cheers!

      2 · March 22, 2014

  • Lisa L.

    I went on Friday and got some great pictures. Lighting was not bad and I was not required to have a pass. All they asked was for me to send a CD of the pictures fo future advertising. Make sure to get the Indian Taco to eat.....amazing

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • Conrad G.

    Does anyone know what the lighting conditions will be like? What sort of settings should I expect for aperture and shutter speed? Also, can we use a flash?

    March 21, 2014

    • David Brown E.

      The light in the facility is horrible, Aperture should be as large as you can get it, 1 for more light and two it will blur out the background.

      March 21, 2014

    • David Brown E.

      shutter speed should be as high as possible. I do not go under 200 unless I wan some motion blur. To freeze the action of fancy dancers I up my shutter speed. I generally use an iso of 400 or higher and yes you can use a flash but I try and not use one for I found the flash to be distracting while dancing.

      March 21, 2014

  • Cortni

    Didn't realize it was a Westernaires weekend.

    March 19, 2014

  • Suzanne S.

    David, I'm assuming that from where we'll be, we'll need at least a[masked]mm lens to frame the action appropriately. Am I close? Any comments? Thanks.

    March 16, 2014

    • David Brown E.

      I use my 300 mm lens or rent a[masked] from time to time. I am not able to rent gear this time around. I think a 100 -150 will work if the dancers are not on the other side of the arena.

      March 17, 2014

    • Suzanne S.

      Thanks!

      March 17, 2014

  • John K.

    I wont be in town, but I sure hope I can make the next time!!!!

    March 16, 2014

  • David Brown E.

    I am not sure if my replies to specific posts go to the entire list or not.

    There has been some questions regarding the Photography pass. How much is it? is it really needed? what will happen if someone does not purchase one?

    The answer to all of this is sadly I am not sure. 2 years ago I shot all day on Friday and I was not aware, nor was I told about the requirement to purchase a pass.

    Last year I purchased a pass, The pass is a card that needs to be attached to the camera and visible. No one asked to see it at any time.

    Pricing, I know on Friday the pass is 30 dollars, with the assumption that a photographer will be there all 3 days. I have heard rumors that they knock 10 bucks off the price each day, if that is true it could cost 20 dollars and not 30 for Saturday.

    What happens if a pass is not purchased - well I guess they could make you purchase one or throw you out of the facility.

    I will be purchasing a pass, it just seems like the right thing to do if asked.

    2 · March 4, 2014

  • Mary

    So we can bring our tripods right?? thanks David

    March 4, 2014

    • David Brown E.

      sadly no tripods, some sort of Denver city thing. You might get by with a monopod. The dancers move quite a bit so a tripod will probably just get in the way.

      March 4, 2014

    • Mary

      thanks for your response David.

      March 4, 2014

  • Sean M.

    Won't be able to meet for the orientation at McDonalds but will catch up with folks at the Pow Wow. David what does the Photography Pass get us and will it be required this year. Last year I got an email from the organizers that it was not needed.

    March 4, 2014

    • David Brown E.

      Hello Sean, Personally I think the photography pass is just a way to eek more money out of people... That being said. Two years ago I was not aware of the requirement and I got no reaction from anyone. Last year I decided to be "legal" and purchased the pass, it is just a card that attaches to your camera. I did contact the powwow comity and they confirmed the need for a pass and the 30 dollar price.

      March 4, 2014

    • David Brown E.

      I guess the question becomes, what happens if we are caught without the pass. People with point and shoot pocket cameras and cell phone cameras are not required to have them. People with DSLR's with long lenses and such get penalized. I guess actually purchasing the pass is up to each photographer.

      March 4, 2014

  • Cortni

    I'm really excited. My family will be attending in the audience. What a great opportunity!!

    March 1, 2014

  • David Brown E.

    It is a shame that gas prices have shot up so much over the past couple weeks, that will keep some dancers home, but Denver March is considered the first of the summer powwow season, Many of the dancers will head south to Albuquerque for Gathering of Nations, The biggest powwow in the nation. It will be held in mid April.

    March 1, 2014

  • David Brown E.

    Ok here is some more information for you.

    No tripods, you are not going to want one anyway, just make sure you have fast glass.

    Indian Country today Media Network just released it's Largest Powwows in Indian Country. Denver March made number 3.

    "3. Denver March Powwow

    Denver, Colorado (March 21-23)

    With an average of 13,750 guests a day, and about 1,200 dancers, Denver March is a massive event. It holds the international record for most drum groups at a single pow wow (73) and has been featured in both the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. This year will be their 40th annual event. They will be partnering on Friday the 21st with the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce for their 11th annual Indian Biz Expo, and with Native Max Magazine for a fashion show featuring both traditional and modern looks.


    Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/03/01/10-biggest-powwows-indian-country-153792?page=0%2C2
    "

    1 · March 1, 2014

  • John K.

    I so wish I could be in two places at once....

    February 26, 2014

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