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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


December 15, 2001 - Issue 51


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U.S., Canadian Tribes Share Tradition

credits: art by John Nieto

Fancy Dancer by John NietoCOACHELLA -- For three days, they danced, drummed, sang and ate as their ancestors did.

The fifth annual Winter Gathering and PowWow concluded Sunday on a lush patch of green grass behind the Spotlight 29 Casino.

An estimated 5,000 onlookers were entertained at the event, sponsored by the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians.

"If you have an imagination, it’s really a lot like being at a powwow hundreds of years ago," said Manuel Cortz of Coachella.

With 270 dancers and eight drum groups from throughout the United States and Canada, there was more history and culture to share and learn about than ever.

"It’s a gathering that’s about different Indian nations and tribes enjoying each other and making new friends," said Brandy Good Buffalo, chairwoman of the powwow committee. "This also allows valley residents to appreciate native cultures."

The dancers, clad in brightly colored traditional costumes, beads, feathers and moccasins for the celebration, stomped and sang the Traditional Men’s Dance.

The dance reenacted the buffalo hunt.

For children, the Tiny Tot’s Dance introduced the youth to the culture.

"I really feel good about dancing because we can," said Ce Ce Begay, of the Yakima and Navajo nations. "My grandmother and mother taught me, and I’m here to enjoy the culture and pass it on."

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