By Mara Hill, Tulalip News
The vibrancy of color and beauty in Native American regalia and the sound of drums is enough to give you goose bumps throughout your body, and a shiver down your spine. The intensity of the drum beat matches the heartbeat of the bystanders as they watch 15 drum groups and hundreds of dancers compete in the Annual Veterans Pow Wow. The dancing, round drums, and singing can give the sensation of being in a meditative state of mind. Attendees travel long distances to be a part of this pow wow, to not only honor our veterans, but to meet and connect with other communities and tribes.
The Veterans Pow Wow was held June 5-7 in the Don Hatch Youth Center.
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By Lynne Valencia, KUSA-TV
KUSA – Tesoro’s annual Indian Market & Powwow features premier Native American artists from all over the country, primarily with roots in Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.
The 15th annual Indian Market & Powwow is on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 2015 on the grounds of The Fort at 19192 Highway 8 in Morrison.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features American Indian art, cuisine, dance, music and hands-on educational activities for kids.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students with a valid ID. Seniors, Tesoro members and children under 12 are free.
This year’s Indian Market & Powwow will feature the art of:
• Pahponee – Woodlands-style traditional and contemporary pottery
• Eddie Morrison – contemporary wood and stone sculptures
• Nelson Garcia – hand-designed and handmade jewelry
• Carol Snow – pen and ink, watercolor and oil paintings
• Lynn Burnette Sr. – watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, bronze sculptures and more
New artists include Karen-Lyne Hill of the Onondaga Nation Snipe Clan, who is skilled in the traditional form of Iroquois raised bead work and Ronnie-Leigh Goeman. Goeman grew up on the Onondaga Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy located in Upstate New York. She began making baskets as a teenager and, as she grew older, many traditional Iroquois women taught her the importance of balancing old traditions with individuality.
Over 50 inter-tribal American Indian dancers and drum groups will share their heritage through traditional dance and regalia.
Alongside celebrations of art, dance and other cultural heritage, Tesoro’s Indian Market & Powwow honors outstanding American Indian Veterans each year. This year’s honoree is Bob Iron, Pawnee-Crow. Iron served in the United States Army, SP4, from 1968 to 1971 and is a Vietnam combat veteran. He is a treasured member of the Indian Market & Powwow family – his family drum group, Pawnee Spotted Horse, has performed at Indian Market & Powwow for many years. Iron will be honored for his service and sacrifice in a ceremony during Sunday’s festivities.
For more information: Tesoro Cultural Center