Uh, Zeke, there is a HUGE difference between what these people are doing AND a pow-wow. First of all, yes there are bleachers at pow-wows, but who is sitting in them? Mostly natives. The audience at pow-wows consist of natives, and the random tourist or two who leave when it gets late. Huge difference. Secondly, pow-wows usually occur where there is a large native population, not some dusty spot on the side of the road with stereotypical 'native paraphernalia' visited by non-natives. Thirdly, people don't dance for tips...not everyone contests, they dance because its an expression of their culture. Dancing for tips is reflective of the Sweetwaters and their true character. So don't insult my intelligence or knowledge by throwing out your pathetic excuse for these sell-outs behavior.
@buffaloberriez So, basically, you don't have an answer? (Or, you're just unable to express yourself well?)
First, there is absolutely no difference between dog-and-pony show (and non-traditional!) powwows and what the Sweetwaters are doing unless you're codifying whether it matters if spectators are white or not. (And, if it does matter to your racially defined psuedo argument, there's even LESS to be concerned with!)
Second, if you believe people dance as an "expression of their culture" as opposed to for tips, as a show, and contest $$$ then you are as romanticist and naive as you CLAIM the Sweetwaters to be. The fact is that modern powwows are developments of Wild West shows, they are not traditional and, de facto, cannot be expressions of culture as -- in their current form -- they are no more tied to our culture than county fairs.
As for insulting your "intelligence," the vapid weakness of your argument has already done so without the least need for my intervention. I've merely bothered to explain to you how embarrassing that should be for you.As a guess, you won't get it. (sigh)