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Powwows are run according to ancient traditions common to many tribes.  Because the Indian powwow has a sacred, meaningful purpose for many Indian tribes, respect and reverence must be given during all activities.  Powwow etiquette is common sense and consideration for others, Indian style.  Without these traditions, all powwows would be unorganized; with them, Indians from many tribes can join together in common celebration and great fun.  The following points of powwow etiquette will help you to understand the happenings and prevent your  doing something incorrectly, which may cause embarrassment or offend someone.