1st Birthday Pow Wow

Posted on October 28th, 2013 by Kara
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This awesome FIRST BIRTHDAY POW WOW was submitted by Mark Nabong of Mark William Photography.

What a fun party! I love the earthy tones used in it. I also love the cute tee pee cookies. This party has lots of fun ideas that you could use for not only a birthday party, but for a Native American pow wow playdate as well.

The Pow Wow party ideas and elements that I like best from this darling 1st Birthday Celebration are:

  • The fun tee pee trail mix 
  • The cute tee pee cookies
  • The awesome tee pee
  • The “welcome to my pow wow” door sign 
  • and MORE!

This is what Mark said about planning the party- “Jonas celebrated his first birthday with a southwestern themed pow-wow outfitted with his own little teepee! Set in their own backyard, his mother, Holly, decorated the party herself inspired with DIY details and decor that had a southwestern touch. Jonas’ friends enjoyed teepee shaped sugar cookies, trail mix snacks and carrot cupcakes. Feathers, moccasins, and miniature Indians, oh my! It turned out perfectly adorable for such an adorable birthday celebrant!”

Vendor Credits and Resources:
Photography- Mark William Photography
Knit Crown- Etsy shop Lace and Cable
Jonas’ moccasins- Freshly Picked
Teepee- by Dexton on Amazon
White balloons- Big Balloon Store on Amazon
Honeycomb balls- Factory Party Direct on Amazon
Invitation- Etsy shop Pour Vous Designs
Dream catcher hanging- Etsy shop Maven Mercantile
Dream catcher on teepee- Dollar store
Feather picks on homemade cupcakes- Vintage
Painted driftwood, rocks, Indian figurines: DIY
Favors- reused baby food jars with homemade crayons, feather tags from Etsy shop Modern Typography 

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8 thoughts on “1st Birthday Pow Wow

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  1. Tom

    What a great way to introduce your child to the joys of stereotyping American Indians! You’ve got yourself a future R**skins fan!

    But seriously, how can you promote such racist imagery in this day and age? This crap isn’t cute, adorable or precious. It’s appropriating, disrespectful and culturally myopic.

    While little white babies and their parents may see nothing wrong with using generic inappropriate Indian imagery, how do you think this affects Native babies self-esteem?

    Hope you can live with yourself.

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  2. Ash

    what a fun and beautiful party!!! All of the little details are so cute! I especially love the baby stats! The little boy will look back fondly on these photos!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. karli

    There is nothing ‘cute’ about exploiting a group of people who are very much alive in our society who continue to practice their traditions and custom in a dignified spiritual and sacred manner. Some of those depicted here for ‘cuteness’ sake is rather ignorant and disrespectful. Pretty distasteful and unaware. Wow.

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  4. Melissa

    Thank you Tom and Karli!
    As a First Nations woman I find it hard to believe that this website would entertain this imagery and perpetuate stereotypes like this! What racist party theme will we see next? An “Afro-Amercian” themed party with children in black face! Native Culture is more then war paint and buckskin dresses! It is REAL PEOPLE! Doctors, professors, mothers, fathers … and children! These “themed” parties are teaching children to demoralize and stereotype people! Shame on you!

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    1. Nicole

      What would you have to say about a “Mexican fiesta” party or a “Hawaiian Luau”?? These party themes are used over and over…and no one says anything about them. Even Walmart sells fiesta party decor. What is the difference??

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    2. Ronda

      This party has no war paint or buckskin dresses…..and i’m pretty sure we don’t have to worry about these 1 year olds taking anything away from this party. because, you know, they are ONE.

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  5. Amanda

    I am a Métis. I am a woman. I am a mother. I am a teacher. In all of these roles, I seek to educate. While I don’t believe that the author of this blog and it’s corresponding contributors and followers are intentionally promoting an agenda of misunderstanding and stereotype, I do believe that when we participate in a very public and shared platform like the World Wide Web, it is dutiful to help each other to understand things better. Empirically, this powwow party is inappropriate. Although your ideas are colorful, creative, and unique, they perpetuate common myths about Aboriginal peoples, who, in and of themselves, are culturally diverse. What happens when we continue with powwow parties, cowboys and “Indians”, and labelled literature, is that we become part of the legacy that continues to pigeonhole and discriminate against Aboriginals. And while I agree to some extent that luau and fiesta themed parties also incorrectly connect outdated symbols and costumes with Hawaiian and Mexican cultures and people, historically, those cultures do not have unfortunate history of cultural assimilation they way many Aboriginal peoples do (please accept however, that I am not wholly schooled in these rich cultural identities as much as I am aware of my own). That is the difference. For centuries, Aboriginal people have been identified as “the other”. In and of that time, it was expected that Aboriginals conform to mainstream standards. Residential schools, reserve land standoffs, murders, even squashing the right to vote. We must
    Continue to fight these things. What we need is the help of non-Aboriginals to spread the authentic and realistic images of our people. Again, while I appreciate your effort, creativity and enthusiasm, Please consider removing this party from your library.

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  6. Jennifer

    Oh grow the hell up whine bags! My six yr old wants a Pocahontas party because she thinks she’s pretty and loves Indians. I should say no because it may be stereotyping? Gtfo why are you even here? They have fiestas an Hawaiian party’s all the time no problem…

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