Honoring Mentoring with the Winnebago Tribe

20120806_POWWOW_GROUP1.JPGBig Brothers Big Sisters currently works with about 18 Native American tribes across the country to match children with quality mentors. One tribe – the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska – paid tribute to the mentoring organization at their 146th annual Homecoming Pow-wow on Friday, July 27.

"The Winnebago nation invited Big Brothers Big Sisters to come out to their annual Pow-wow for an honor song," said Ivy Wright-Bryan, National Director of Native American Mentoring Initiatives and member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe in Nevada. “This is an important Pow-wow because it commemorates their warrior society and their chief.”

Throughout the four-day long celebration, dance competitions were held for each style of dress, ranging from traditional to fancy. For each competition, the drum groups offered a steady beat, as if it was the collective heartbeat of the tribes present. As the weekend progressed, visitors were invited to take part in various inter-tribal dances and Grand Entries, and Big Brothers Big Sisters was not left out. “As a traditional person, I made a point to bring my regalia to participate in their community event,” said Wright-Bryan, who dressed in the colors and patterns that represent her tribe.