Upcoming cruise will feature flute workshops with award-winning performers, dancing and non-stop fun
By Gale Courey Toensing
Although the Pow Wow Cruise has been operating for 15 years, it remains below the radar. That’s because the business is operated by a husband and wife team, David and Linda Underwood, on a shoestring budget, with largely word-of-mouth advertising. But the Pow Wow Cruise’s reputation is growing, and David Underwood hopes to one day see his dream of an entire cruise ship filled with American Indians for the biggest floating pow wow in history.
“And I thought, okay, I can see the different traditions, so I said, okay, I’m going to do it. And everyone said you can’t do it. It’s too difficult. The logistics are impossible. I talked to all the cruise lines and they said the same thing, but I love a challenge. Tell me I can’t do something and I’ll show you you’re wrong,” Underwood said.
It took about two years to organize the first floating pow wow and the couple has been hosting two or three cruises a year since then.