Wildhorse hosts 19th annual Pow Wow

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PENDLETON — The Wildhorse Resort & Casino will host its 19th annual Pow Wow July 5-7.

The pow wow will include over 20 drum groups, more than 300 native dancers and upwards of 50 vendors selling Native American food, bead-work, clothing and jewelry.

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The Wildhorse Resort & Casino 19th annual Pow Wow will take place at their fairgrounds in Pendelton.

The Grand Entry for the pow wow begins on Friday. at 7 p.m., and 1p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The powwow is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.wildhorsereso...

Wildhorse Resort & Casino will provide more than $80,000 in cash and prizes for the dancing and drumming competitions. Northern Cree from Saddle Lake, Alberta, Canada, will act as host drum for the event.

According to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation website www.umatilla.nsn.us, pow wows are a tradition in many different native tribes in North America. They are gatherings where people of many tribes come together to sing, dance and socialize. There are also pow wow with single tribes.

Pow wows have a set ceremony, each beginning with a grand entry. According to the Wacipi powwow website, the grand entry is a procession led by the eagle staff. Behind the staff, follow flags and dancers and tribe government, accompanied by the host drum playing a traditional opening song.

For some powwows, the grand entry is a time to thank the gods. The majority of pow wows use the grand entry to show respect for their ancestors.

The host drum is a group that plays for dancing competitions. They play traditional songs for pow wows and have a chorus of singers led by the lead singer, who is part of the host drum. In most pow wows, the host drum plays for the grand entry, the very begging of the pow wow, and the end of the pow wow.

This year, there are hand drum contests on Saturday and Sunday. This Native American tradition incorporates traditional songs and rhythms, with opportunities for creating original songs.

The dancing contests will feature multiple types of dancing and different age groups. There will be competitions in traditional dancing, fancy, jingle, grass, for both men women, juniors, teens and adults. There will also be golden age and prairie chicken dance contests.

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