Honor is given to the elders in the community as well as those individuals
who demonstrate high levels of adherence to tribal values.
Honor can be bestowed in many ways:
• Awarding leadership roles
• Being given an eagle feather
• Having a feast in honor of an individual
• Having a song dedicated for an individual
Awell-known practice is the honor dance at powwows. The veterans’ dance is
also done at most powwows. An honor dance is a way the community thanks
an individual for a special service or achievement.
The veterans’ dance honors all military veterans, especially those who have
served in combat. The dance, called “The 49”, while a social dance, is for the
purpose of remembering veterans. It is expected that people who have been
honored in one of these ways accept the honor with humility.