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Local museum hosts annual powwow

Local museum hosts annual powwow
The Color Guard at the Circle of the Bluffs Powwow last year. Courtesy Photo

The Circle of the Bluffs Powwow will be held at the Legacy of Plains Museum on June 17-18, in Gering.

The two-day event begins Saturday with vendors setting up at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. the dance competition will begin.

The competition will have age divisions and feature Traditional, Fancy, Jingle, and Grass dances.

The Jingle dance is a medicine dance from the Ojibwe tribe of Northern Minnesota and Canada.

“A man’s daughter (Maggie White) had gotten sick and the man had a dream to make cones out of metal and put them on a dress,” said Jina Rednest, coordinator of the Circle of the Bluffs Powwow.

She adds the story varies, where some say the girl danced with the dress on to get better and another version is four women were chosen to dance with the cones on their dresses and the girl became well.

“The Ojibwe have shared the dance with other tribes, as it is a medicine dance,” Rednest said.

Emceeing the event will be Kelly Looking Horse, Color Guard will be Wild Horse Butte Tokala and Arena Director is Edison Red Nest, Jr.
The museum is the permanent location for the Circle of the Bluffs Powwow.

The public is welcome to attend the event throughout the day and visit the museum while at the event.

The powwow dance competition will be Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. with a supper break and then dancers will begin again at 7 p.m. and go until dark. On Sunday the dancers will compete from noon until done. Vendors will be available both days.

The event is free, parking is $5 a car, lawn chairs and umbrellas for shade are welcome, but no pets are allowed.

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