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6th annual American Indian Powwow at Rock Ledge Ranch Sept. 26

Dancers are shown during the Grand Entry at the 2013 Rock Ledge Ranch Powwow.
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       Now in its sixth year, the Traditional Powwow at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will be Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       A non-competitive event, festivities will feature 50 to 75 American Indian dancers and drum groups from the Pikes Peak region, as well as elsewhere in Colorado and adjoining states.
       “We welcome the traditional family gathering of all native tribes, and be conscious that everyone is invited to come and learn the history,” said Ron Wright, president of the Rock Ledge Living History Association (LHA), which is organizing the event with the Powwow Committee.
       Activities will be on the hay field near the 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.
       Several thousand people typically attend.
       The Grand Entry, which will introduce all the participating dancers, is scheduled at 1 p.m. Preceding it will be Gourd Dances, and various types of Friendship Dances will be performed throughout the afternoon.
       The master of ceremonies will be Bernard Cottonwood. Other event officials will include Alvin Longsoldier (arena director), Austin Box (spiritual advisor), Wes Wildcat (head gourd dancer), Emily Spotted Wolf (head woman) and Shauna Jackson (powwow princess).
       Related cultural exhibits and demonstrations are planned. Also, 20 to 30 vendors (most selling Indian crafts, others offering hot food) will be on hand, Wright said.
       The event goes by the official name of Garden of the Gods Rock Ledge Ranch Powwow and has also been called the Intertribal Powwow.
       Wright explained that 25 percent of the proceeds goes to the nonprofit LHA, with the remainder placed into a trust fund for the event and American Indian groups.

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(Posted 9/21/15; Outdoors: Rock Ledge Ranch)

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