Native American Culture Explored at Harvest Moon Pow Wow

POSTED BY: Courtney Wheaton
Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 05:33 PM
Native American Culture Explored at Harvest Moon Pow Wow

People brought their blankets and chairs out to Ridge Museum in Glenford for a traditional Native American Pow Wow.

The Harvest Moon Pow Wow featured life size tee pees and round houses to represent the housing conditions of early natives as well as educational demonstrations for the public. Co- owner of Ridge Museum, Joan Maines says that visitors experienced a full day.

"There is dancing, drumming, singing,and more dancing. They are doing a candy dance for the little children, where they throw candy out and the little kids go in and grab it, " said Maines.

Dancers performed male and female traditional dances as well as intertribal and jingle dances for the crowds.

"When I dance I tend to just get lost in the spirit.I'll start out usually kind of slow in the beginning and when the drum picks up, the more that the drum beats, the faster I move. I follow the heartbeat of the drum, " said dancer, Shawn Reilly.

Reilly says that he believes more than 20 tribes were represented at the event on Saturday. Ridge Museum wants the public to know that admission is always free and they are always willing to have school field trips.


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