I heard many wonderful things about it, which made me eager to visit. So I'm guessing the reason my experience was different is one of two things: either the people who were reviewing it have never actually been to a pow wow before, so they have nothing to compare it to. Or, there were more vendors and dancers on Friday and Saturday than on Sunday, the day I visited.
Compared to other Pow Wows, this event was much smaller. There were vendors selling beautiful jewelry, clothing, dolls and Native American crafts. I was able to purchase real sage. The drumming and singing was terrific. But, in regards to the actual pow wow, there wasn't much going on.
My cousin lives on a reservation. At their pow wows, there are hundreds of dancers, public and private ceremonies, different tribes, and food galore. Beautiful, extravagant costumes and an event that makes you want to spend a day there. We arrived an hour before the Grand Entry, and left right after it. There wasn't much food, no teepees and no reason to stay any longer. At least I got my sage!
I plan on going next year. I want to see more of the event, because I'm pretty sure there's more.