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September 24, 2012

Powwow coming to Richmond

RICHMOND — A celebration of Native America culture will take over Battlefield Park this weekend. The 16th-annual Native American Powwow will be hosted Sept. 28, 29 and 30 at the park located at 1546 Battlefield Memorial Highway/US 421 in Richmond.

The event is sponsored by the Richmond Powwow Association and will a gathering of Native Americans from all over the U.S., as well as Canada and Mexico.

“The Native Americans gather in Richmond to help educate the general public about the Native American way of life,” said Janet Quigg, vice president of the Richmond Powwow Association Inc.

This year’s event will feature Grammy Award performer Arvel Byrd, of Celtic-Native American descent. Others being featured include author Lynny Prince, who will be promoting her book “Scattered Leaves: The Legend of the Ghostkiller.”

The fun will begin Friday with a special powwow for hundreds of school children from around the region as well as Madison County. It will give the students a special chance to attend the event and experience the tradition of a Native American Powwow. The powwow will be open to the general public Friday beginning at 5 p.m. with a Grand Entry ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the powwow will be open to the public beginning at 10 a.m. with Grand Entry ceremonies at noon and again at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The closing ceremony will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The event will feature Native American crafts, food, dancing, singing, storytelling, flute playing, vendors and demonstrations for the public to enjoy.

“The Richmond Powwow Association hopes that the public will come out and learn about the Native American way of life so we may preserve it for future generations,” Quigg said.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children. There is a maximum cost of $15 per family. Call Janet Quigg at 623-6076 for more details, or visit www.richmondpowwow.org.

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