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Inter-tribal pow wow to be held at University

By Staff | Jan 28, 2011

(Chronicle photo by Jennifer Wabnitz) Aireal Hatfield proudly makes jewelry using native icons to sell at the fund raising pow wow being held at Shepherd University from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Eight Native American tribes will converge Saturday at Shepherd University for a fundraiser and inter-tribal pow wow, with all proceeds going to the Healing Wolf Organization. The pow wow will feature dancers from different states performing in their dance regalia.

“Dancers are very proud of their hand-made regalia. Symbolic beads and feathers adorn many of the dancers,” said Joe Hatfield of Ranson, part of the organizing team.

The dancing events will take place in the Storer Ballroom. The grand entrance will be at 12 p.m. There will be several interactive dances, where the audience can learn a few steps. There will be a “give away” dance for the children, and one to honor any veterans who attend.

“We want to bring our culture to the university,” said organizer Reed Brown, Jr.

The student center will have a variety of vendors and traditional foods – fry bread, Indian tacos and reservation stew. There will be no charge to enter the student center.

It will cost $7.50 for adults to attend the pow wow at the ballroom. It will be free to any veterans, all Shepherd University students and children under 12. Doors will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The pow wow will raise funds for the Healing Wolf Organization from Wanblee, S.D. Oglala Sioux Elder Reed Brown, Sr., is organizing the relocation of an abandoned school onto the Pine Ridge Reservation. Once the building is moved, it will be transformed into a museum. They will display a collection of artifacts, including Crazy Horse’s Tomahawk. They hope the museum will create new jobs and a renewed interest in their history.

For more information visit the website at www.waniyetula.webs.com.

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