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 Spirit of the Clouds Pow Wow

Where: Autumn Hills Campground, Route 114, 285 S. Stark Hwy., Weare
When: Saturday, Aug. 29, and Sunday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, free for children ages 12 and under. Those camping over the weekend who want to attend both days only need to pay for one day. 
Call: 930-1974




Continuing tradition
Spirit of the Clouds Pow Wow returns to Weare

08/27/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Join in the celebration of a Native American tradition at the third annual Spirit of the Clouds Pow Wow on Saturday, Aug. 29, and Sunday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Autumn Hills Campground in Weare. The public is invited for a weekend of music, dancing, vendors, demonstrations and more.

“A pow wow is a traditional Native American gathering where tribes would visit each other, trade goods and teach the younger generations crafts and other things,” Brian Graycloud Larouche, event organizer, said. “We try to carry this tradition on as a way for Native Americans to get together and get reaquainted.”
The opening ceremony of the pow wow, known as the Grand Entry, will take place at noon on both days. The ceremony involves a procession of dancers dressed in their traditional regalia, the playing of the flag and veteran honor songs followed by a series of dances. Some of the dances demonstrated will be a women’s honor dance, a dance that depicts Native Americans on the battlefield and, if requested, a dance to honor a friend or relative who has died.
There will be two educational wildlife presentations in the afternoon. Marcy Jeppe “Birdwoman” will teach about birds of prey with live birds, and the Alaska Wilderness League will talk about Alaska wildlife and what people can do to help preserve it. Larouche said he is trying to add more educational aspects to the pow wow each year for multiple reasons.
“It makes it more interesting for the public if we add more things [than what a standard pow wow has],” Larouche said. “When you’re in the melting pot, it’s hard to keep our traditions alive. A lot have been lost over the years, so we’re trying to bring them back by reaching out and educating people so there’s more understanding, and so that [the traditions] are passed on to the next generation.”
Live music will accompany the pow wow activities all day. Headlining performers include Sacred Earth Singers drum group, flutist Dail Martin and flutist Michael Longrider.
There will be 20 vendors selling Native American hand-made crafts and jewelry and talking with guests about the process of making their products. Some will do demonstrations, including a flintknapping crafter. There will be a food vendor and ice cream truck available as well.
Larouche said the pow wow is a judgment-free event and everyone is welcome, regardless of their heritage or knowledge of Native American culture.
“You don’t have to be Native American to be Native American at heart,” he said. “If you like the culture and want to see what it’s all about, [the pow wow] is open to you. We hope the public will come and enjoy themselves while learning something new and walk away with memories.”  





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