A pow wow is an event where Native people gather for dancing, singing, visiting with friends and relatives, renewing old friendships and making new ones. Most important, it is a time to think of the old ways and to preserve centuries old heritage. Many are held at specific times of the year to celebrate significant events in the cycles of life. As with all cultures, the songs cover a wide variety of subjects important to the lives of tribal members- honor and family, war and conquest, festivity and spirituality, sadness and mourning, joy and celebration. However, pow wows are not just for Native people. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend and participate.