The Detroit Lakes Schools Powwow was held Nov. 22 in the Detroit Lakes Middle School gymnasium, drawing in a strong crowd of dancers, drummers and spectators.
Designed to promote understanding and acceptance of the area's cultural diversity while also celebrating and honoring children, the free public event featured Native American music, a community feast and educational exhibits.
Scheduled activities started at 5 p.m., with a Grand Entry. Then, dancers of all ages came together on the dance floor in everything from intricate and colorful regalia to T-shirts and tennis shoes. Everyone was invited to join in during intertribal dances.
An emcee provided information and insight into the various traditions and songs that were played and displayed. Local drum groups performed, and the White Earth Honor Guard posted flags and eagle feather staffs. At the end, Princesses were crowned, and Braves were awarded title sashes, for the honor of representing their communities and schools as they travel to more powwows.
Local area educators and other learning resources had exhibits and information available. There were also some kid-friendly crafts, as well as a book exchange. In the school lobby just outside of the gym, sloppy joes, wild rice and other foods and beverages were served throughout the event, at no charge.
The powwow was sponsored by the Becker County Museum, Becker County Early Childhood Initiative and West Central Initiative, the Detroit Lakes Schools Native American Education Program, White Earth Early Childhood Initiative, and several other community organizations and nonprofits.