A modern pow-wow is a specific type of event where both Native American and non-Native American people meet to dance, sing, socialize, and honor American Indian culture. Currently there are 549 recognized Native American tribes in the United States. Each tribe is considered a sovereign nation with its own civil court, jurisdictions, and rights. These photos were taken at the Warrior Society Annual PowWow held at the MidAmerican Indian Center in Wichita, Kansas. The dancers are performing the Gourd Dance, which originated with the Kiowa Indians. This dance is a man’s dance with the women participating by dancing in place behind their male counterparts and outside the perimeter formed by the men. The “Gallery of Nations” is a major permanent exhibition at the Indian Center Museum. Currently the Center is collecting and exhibiting the flags of the officially recognized tribes in the United States.