Pow Wow celebrations honor veterans

Published: Sep. 17, 2023 at 3:55 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25News Now) - Singing, and dancing brought out the Native American and Indigenous celebrations Sunday afternoon.

Veterans and MIA/POW, were commemorated with a traditional Pow Wow at Seven Circles Heritage Center.

The event included the Color Guard, a drum circle tribute, and a veteran display to honor all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

One of the dancers, Jimmy Lakota Edwards, says, it’s important to celebrate this culture with many because it’s part of the lessons passed down from their elders, ”the traditions were instilled in us through our family ties. It’s part of our prophecy from a lot of tribes that people of all races, religions, and creeds will come together and go back to the way natives lived on this land. Turtle island for thousands of years.”

One of the dances is called the grass dance and it’s set up so the men can step on and flatten out the grass and look for any potential danger to keep the elders and children safe when it’s their turn inside the dance circle.