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Greater youth, audience emphasis planned for Rock Ledge Powwow Sept. 24

       An enhanced focus on youth and audience involvement will be incorporated into this year's Garden of the Gods Rock Ledge Ranch Powwow celebrating American Indian culture Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       Such festivities will include a cake walk, door prizes, tipi-raising demonstrations, chances to make cornhusk dolls and dream catchers and the crowning of a
A group of American Indian women dancers take part in the Grand Entry during the 2013 Garden of the Gods Powwow at Rock Ledge Ranch.
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powwow princess (Cheyenne Wilson), according to Carrie Howell, chair of the event's planning committee; and Lynda Rogerson, secretary of Rock Ledge's volunteer Living History Association (LHA).
       New for this year's powwow, the seventh annual at Rock Ledge, will be a performance by the Four Corners Gourd Dance Society of Ignacio, Colorado, from 10 a.m. to noon and an exhibition by the local Seven Falls Indian Dancers from noon to 1 p.m., Howell said.
       The Grand Entry, open to all the event's dancers, is scheduled at 1 p.m., followed by different dance themes through the afternoon.
       In addition, “there will be a variety of vendor booths and non-profit community organization booths,” Rogerson said. “Many of our head staff dancers are from the Southern and Ute Mountain Ute tribes. We also have two Color Guards and two Dance Specials (contests).”
       The powwow will be held on the hay field near the ranch's Rock Ledge House. The admission price is $8, with price breaks for ages 55 and over and 17 and younger.
       Free parking is available in the Rock Ledge lot off Gateway Road at 30th Street.
       The event is hosted by the ranch (a national historic site inside the Garden of the Gods), the Colorado Springs Parks Department and the LHA.
       Rogers noted that the event has received a proclamation from the Colorado Springs City Council “acknowledging the powwow and its cultural and educational role in the community.”
       The master of ceremonies will be Francis Sherwood of Denver. Other event officials are Tony Hedgepeth (head man), Carisa Yazzie-Gonzalez (head woman), Aiden Richards (head boy), Charlie Blueback (arena director) and Austin Box (spiritual advisor).

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(Posted 9/14/16; Outdoors: Rock Ledge Ranch)

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