Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
December 25, 1999
"Thunder in the Desert"
|Where will you be when the sun rises on the new millennium?
A 10-day powwow
involving more than 100 Native American tribes that starts in Tucson, Arizona on Dec. 31 has grown to such proportions
that ABC-TV plans to televise the event as part of its millennium coverage on New Year's Eve.
The New Millennium
First Peoples' World Fair and Pow Wow, "Thunder in the Desert" will take place in Tucson, Arizona at
the Rillito Raceway Park on December 31st, 1999 thru January 9, 2000.
Over 100 tribal
nations from North America and additional first people from around the world will come together for this event
to share with the public their cultural experiences through song, dance, crafts, food and cultural displays.
New Millennium First Peoples' World Fair and Pow Wow, Thunder in the Desert, was to feature 50 to 60 powwow dancers
each day. The number has grown to about 2,500 dancers each day," said Fred Synder , the event coordinator.
|It is the intention to showcase the beauty, endurance
and spirit of the Native American and other worldwide first people's culture. The New Millennium First Peoples'
World Fair and Pow Wow, "Thunder in the Desert" will be the forum to show the world that Native Americans
have survived and maintained their unique cultural values. The traditional ways of life have survived, are honored,
and will continue to flourish in the 21st century.
is open to the public and will include concerts, parades, a round table dance to bring in the new millennium, a
sunrise blessing for the 21st century, a competition powwow, exhibition performances and craft markets.
such as Gourd Dance/Warrior Day, Alaska Natives Day, Seventh Generation Youth Day and Senior Golden and Veterans
Day are planned throughout the week.
the event will go to the event's sponsor, Reservations Creation Women's Circle Charitable Trust, a non-profit Tucson
organization whose mission is to preserve, protect and promote Native American culture and traditions.
are free, although there will be a recommended donation of $10 to $12 for the Electric Pow Wow concert.
was chosen for the event because it is close to many tribal nations, has mild winter weather and is one of the
top 20 urban areas for Native American populations," Synder said. Arizona is home to 27 tribes, including
the Tohono O'odham and Pascua Yaqui tribes in the Tucson area.
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