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Mini-concert to follow annual Intertribal Powwow at Rock Ledge Ranch Sept. 20

A scene from the Grand Entry dance at the 2013 Intertribal Powwow at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.
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       The fifth annual American Indian powwow at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Saturday, Sept. 20 will extend the experience this year with a closing mini-concert.
       The powwow, with tribes participating from around the country, will be from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The live music, in a “Native American theme,” is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. and continue for at least an hour, according to Jim “Blackwolf” Ramirez, part of the event's planning committee.
       The musicians will be solo flute player Eric "Many Winds" Herrera, from Morrison, Colorado; guitarist/volcalist Barry Lee and his group, Spirit Wing, from Pennsylvania; and solo flutist/guitarist/percussionist Jessica Martinez Maxey, from New York.
       The powwow itself will be on the hay field near the Rock Ledge House; the concert performers will set up on the raised front yard in front of the house, where a sound system will be in place, Ramirez said.
       The powwow admission price is $8, with price breaks for ages 55 and over and 17 and younger. Past attendance has neared 5,000 people.
       Free parking is available in the Rock Ledge lot off Gateway Road at 30th Street. A non-competitive event, the powwow will open with live drumming and the ceremonial gourd dance for war veterans. The Grand Entry, which will introduce all the participating tribes, is scheduled at 1 p.m., with various types of Friendship Dances throughout the afternoon.
       Other attractions during this year's powwow will be pony rides, an arrowhead-making demonstration and exhibits of birds of prey and wolves, Ramirez said. Twenty-some vendors - selling food, arts and crafts - will be on hand as well.
       He estimated that 30 or more tribes will attend, coming from the “East Coast, West Coast, New Mexico, Arizona and South Dakota, and we anticipate guests from surrounding states as well.” Of these, 50 to 75 will dance, he predicted.
       Ramirez said the powwow will give people a chance to “experience the unique Native American Culture with dance, drumming, singing, food, original arts and crafts. We hope to see you!”

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(Posted 9/13/14; Outdoors: Rock Ledge Ranch)

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