This little guy was telling some jokes with his friends just before the grand entry. Everyone was in a great mood, and it was cool to see the kids excited to be part of something like this.
Every year since 2000, the Des Moines area hosts the "White Eagle Multicultural Pow Wow". It’s held in memory of Ralph Moisa (aka White Eagle), a young Native American who lost his life in 1995 while rescuing a Red Tail Hawk. The Pow Wow was held at Antique Acres near Waukee, Iowa.
More information can be found here:
Des Moines Flickr Friend photos from the 2011 event:
Canon 7d, 100-400L