The noun powwow, from the Narragansett eastern Algonquian language, refers to any gathering of native people. Powwow can be used as a verb meaning "to confer in council." In Indian country, it means "a secular event featuring group singing and dancing by men, women, and children." The history of the powwow passes from generation to generation when people gather yearly for a celebration of culture. Skilled Native American artisans, who have created their wares all year long, travel to various powwows across America to sell or trade. It is a welcome opportunity to visit with friends and relatives, renew acquaintances, and trade or sell Native arts and crafts, including jewelry, pottery, moccasins, ribbon shirts, shawls, dream catchers, and paintings. Most importantly, it is a time to preserve traditions, to sing to the Creator, and to dance to the heart beat of the drum.