This year’s powwow bigger and better than ever
|Anita Talancon, left, from Hungry Valley, Reno was this year’s headwoman for the annual powwow. Standing next to her are Junior Princess Chesney Sampson, from Reno, Princess Maria Ramirez from Sparks and Irvin Tso, from Pendleton, Ore., who served as headman. Photo by Jordan Clary|
May 28, 2013 — The fourth annual Susanville Indian Rancheria Powwow continues to grow, drawing dancers from around the country.
“We had a good turnout. I’m really pleased,” said Amelia Luna, this year’s coordinator. “We had more men traditional dancers, and we had excellent food vendors.”
While there are different ideas about how powwows began, today they are an integral part of Native American culture, as a way of passing on traditions.
Powwows also reflect the times and the colorful clothing and headdresses have evolved from clothing made of natural materials to the vibrant hues of today’s outfits.
Many tribes come together at a powwow, each bringing their own unique music and dance.
“They honor our ways just like we honor theirs,” said Luna.
The powwow began with the grand entry, where veterans carried in the flags including the U.S. and tribal flags. A website (powwows.com) that covers history and etiquette of powwows, stated, “Native Americans hold the United States Flag in an honored position despite the horrible treatment received from this country. The flag has a dual meaning. First it is a way to remember all of the ancestors that fought against this country. It is also the symbol of the United States, which Native Americans are now a part. The flag here also reminds people of those people who have fought for this country.”
The Master of Ceremonies and arena director are also important positions. This year’s MC was Fred Hill and Gary Watson served as arena director.
According to Luna, the powwow headman and headwoman as well as the princess and junior princess are usually from an outside tribe.
Many people came together to make this year’s powwow a success.
Luna said, “I really like every one of the people who work for the SIR and the people who work for the tribe. A lot of community members donated for the raffle.”
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