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Pine Point Powwow starts Friday, Aug. 13

The Pine Point Powwow has been an annual tradition since the 1980s, where many Native Americans and non-natives enjoy a family-style celebration with food, dancing and plenty of festivities.

This year's powwow will be held Friday through Sunday, Aug. 13-15, in Ponsford, about 1/2 mile west of the Pine Point School.

Organizer of the event and spiritual advisor Mike Swan said this powwow stands out because of its unique, family-oriented events.

"People enjoy it because it's friendly; people enjoy coming to this particular powwow," he said.

Treated as a large community gathering, the Pine Point Powwow attracts nearly 1,000 people every year, with many out-of-towners.

Visitors come from nearby states like North and South Dakotas, but also from European and African countries, Swan said.

The main event, of course, is the traditional powwow drum dance, in which participants get creative with colorful outfits and dance to popular Native American songs.

Friday kicks off the celebration with a demo derby at 5 p.m.

Saturday starts bright an early with a 5K walk/run at 8:30 a.m., followed by the flag raising at 10 a.m.

The grand entry will take place at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday as well, and a feast will feed hungry participants at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Sunday's events begin with flag raising at 10 a.m., and the Rez Car Parade will follow at 11 a.m. The grand entry will be held at 1 p.m., followed by a meal to conclude the festivities.

All events are open to the public and organizers welcome all dancers and singers.

The Pine Point Powwow celebrates Native American heritage and emphasizes the importance of keeping the atmosphere free of drugs, alcohol and violence.

For more information about the powwow, call Mike Swan at 218-573-2154. For information about the demo derby, call Clifford Crowell at 218-255-4512.