Diana Miller Photography was lucky enough to be asked to be a part Big Time in 2016, a cultural event hosted by the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Indian Tribe in Upper Lake California.


Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

Did you know there are over 20 Pomo tribes located in Northern California? They are based in SonomaLake, and Mendocino counties

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016  

Originally, there were many different traditional Native American clothing styles in North America. Nearly every tribe had its own distinctive style of dress, and the people could often tell each other’s identities by looking at their tribal clothes, headdresses, and ornamentation. 

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

The word ‘Pomo’ means “those who live at red earth hole” in reference to their earth lodge pit houses that were built with a red colored earth as the winter homes of the tribe.

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

The original spelling was xabe ma tolel. Xabe=:rock”, ma=people/person. A variation of the meaning is “The people of rock village.”

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

This event featured The Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake dancers with their beautiful apparel.

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

We enjoyed photographing the kids and watching them have fun!

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

The following day there was a craft fair and cultural performances by the HPUL dancers and visiting Pomo tribes.

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

Prayers are said before the dancing starts

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

Keeping cool from the heat!

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

Native American Jewelry

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

So many beautiful things to admire!

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

The event was held at Running Creek Casino in Upper Lake,CA

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

There were plenty of water bottles handed out on the hot day!

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

Big Time is a celebration of the Pomo heritage and preserve the cultural traditions.

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

“Pomo” was actually seven Pomoan (Hokan) languages, spoken by the Southern, Central, Northern, Eastern, Northeastern, Southeastern Pomo, and Southwestern Pomo (Kashaya).

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

The headdresses worn for special ceremonies consisted of headbands made from flicker feathers (a flicker was a type of woodpecker) and plumes were added for further decoration.

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

 

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

Dancers from different tribes performed dance routines in traditional attire

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

Young girls from the The Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

Aren’t these beautiful hair ornaments?

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We hope you enjoyed looking through the pictures from this two day celebration, because we surely enjoyed being a part of this cultural event!

Pomo Tribe Big Time 2016

We really enjoyed visiting Upper Lake and if you ever in the area, check out the amazing food at the Running Creek Casino!  

P.S. You can view ALL of the photos from the 2 days at our online gallery here! 

 

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