Powwow back – to have twice as many tribes

       More than 30 Indian tribes - about twice last year's number - are slated to take part in this year's second annual Traditional Powwow at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Saturday, Sept. 24.
       Also expected is an increase from last year's total of about 50 dancers, according to Jim (Blackwolf) Ramirez, a lead organizer of the event for the Colorado Springs Indian Center.
       The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8, with discounts for seniors and children aged 6 to 17. Ages 5 and under get in free. Free parking is available in the Rock Ledge lot off Gateway Road at 30th Street.
       The powwow will open with live drumming and the ceremonial gourd dance for warriors or war veterans. The Grand Entry, which will introduce all the participating tribes, is set for noon, with different types of “friendship dances” occurring through the afternoon.
       The master of ceremonies will be John (Yellow Bead) Emhoolah Jr., a Denver-area resident and Korean War veteran who has helped promote Indian studies in Denver schools, a press release states. Last year's emcee, Westside resident Eugene (Redhawk) Orner, said he had to step back this year for medical reasons but still plans to be on hand.
       New performers this year will be two flute players. Eric (Many Winds) Herrera will be performing at the powwow, with Eddie Three Eagles performing in the Carriage House, in conjunction with the Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance's “When the Land Was Sacred” exhibit, including Indian poetry and artifacts.
       The powwow will also offer other exhibits, along with various Native American artisans/vendors.
       For this year's gathering, the Indian Center is working again with several partner groups, including the ranch's volunteer Living History Association.
       Until its return Sept. 25, 2010, the most recent traditional powwow in the Garden of the Gods (which includes Rock Ledge) had been 32 years ago. The 2010 event attracted close to 2,500 people, inspiring talk of possibly having the new event last two or three days, as in the past. That didn't come together this year, but is still under consideration for the future, Ramirez said.

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