Is there a loss of culture through pan Indian, and does it deconstruct the sovereignty as much was stripped in the boarding school era?
It's hard to say what the effect is from the outside. On the one hand, there may be some loss of a tribe's unique traditions. You know, as they're replaced by the time and effort spent on powwows. On the other hand, participating in powwows may strengthen the members' pan-Indian identity. Which may lead to a renewed interest in their own cultures.
So it may weaken the tribal identity in some cases and strengthen it in others. I don't know enough to generalize more than that.
P.S. Since I'm not sure if powwows cause any harm overall, I wouldn't say they're anything like the assimilation done via boarding schools. I'd say that was much worse.
Do you happen to have Russell Means' essay on the Pan Indian movement? Read it a time back in my undergrad and now cannot find it
H-Net Discussion Networks--Readings on Powwows (2 replies)