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September 20, 2011

Weekend powwow to highlight Native American heritage

RICHMOND — Before European settlers followed James Harrod and Daniel Boone into Kentucky, the Bluegrass region for centuries had been home to native people the Europeans called Indians.

The proud people of the land had their own names and culture, however. From Friday, Sept. 23, through Sunday, Sept. 25, the annual Richmond Powwow will offer opportunities for the settlers’ descendants and others to learn about the original inhabitants of Kentucky and North America and their ways.

About 2,000 schoolchildren from around the region are expected Friday at Battlefield Park on US 421 just north of Kingston, where they will see and meet members of Native American tribes, some who are their neighbors, said Paul Rominger, one of the organizers.

The event will be open to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Grand Entries, led by a color guard from the Ohio Valley Native American Warrior Society, will take place at noon both days and also at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Three Madison County residents of Native American ancestry will be featured prominently in the programs and exhibits, as will other Kentucky residents, said Janet Quigg, who founded the Richmond Powwow Association.

Storyteller Jerry McClure, a Shawnee descendant, will entertain visitors, as will Susan Mullins, a full-blooded member of the Mohawk tribe. Mullins also will have the buffalo she keeps on her Madison County farm.

Jeff Hatmaker, a Cherokee descendant, will be master of ceremonies.

An Apache crown dancer, a native of Arizona who lives in Lawrenceburg, will be performing.

Lynny Prince of Radcliff, author of “Scattered Leaves,” will read from her book and have copies for sale. She will be accompanied by her husband, Matthew Black Eagle, a member of the Lakota tribe of Canada.

The Kentucky Historical Society’s 18-panel exhibit on Native Americans of Kentucky will be set up for the powwow.

Numerous vendors of Native American arts and crafts as well as food also will be on hand.

Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and younger.

No family will be charged more than $15 for admission, however.

Bill Robinson can be reached at brobinson@richmondregister.com or at 624-6622.

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