Team Singing Competition
Rules and Guidelines
Included in our program at the National Conference
will be two competitions in Native American Singing. The
competition will be divided into Northern Competition and
Southern Competition. It is our hope that this will
encourage more groups to participate. A lodge may enter a team
in each division. However, an individual singer may only sing
with one group, either Southern or Northern but not both. In
the view of the American Indian Activities should either
competition have too few entries then the competitions will be
combined. The competition will take place on Monday August 2,
Singing must be done in team fashion. Teams will be
required to sing two songs and are required to present written
documentation on the songs during registration Saturday July
31, 2004. Registration will take place at the American Indian
Activities booth at the Contingent registration site.
Awards will be given to the top teams. The judging
criteria shown below are guidelines that are subject to the
interpretation of the judging committee. All judges
decisions are final.
Each lodge is required to provide its own drum and
The following rules apply to both singing competitions:
- All Singing will be done in a team fashion
- Written documentation is required for each song.
Include where you obtained the song, what tribes use the song,
any other pertinent information you have about the song.
- Teams are required to sing a general Pow wow song
and a song for a special event or time. (Special songs are of
the Flag, Veteran, or special competition - sneak up or
Ponca Fancy - to name a few.
- Songs are restricted to Southern or Northern Plains
- Teams will be judged on authenticity and quality of
presentation of songs.
- All singers must be under twenty-one (21) years of
age, members of the same lodge, and a registered conference
- Each song must be two (2) to ten (10) minutes in
length. Songs that violate this time allotment will be cause
- Teams must check in with the American Indian
Activities Committee booth Saturday July 31, 2004.
- There will be a meeting of the Singing judges and a
representative from each drum one half hour following the end
of the Arena show on Sunday August 1, 2004 at a site to be
announced during registration. A representative from each drum
must be present at the meeting.
- Any questions concerning the Team Singing
Competitions should be addressed to: Team Singing
Competition, 2025 Beaverdam Road, Williamston, SC 29697 or
Lodges need to pre-register for this event online at the
event registration web site.
[American Indian Activities Committee Info]