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In step with tradition

Pow wow honors Native American heritage

By: Michael Kirby / For the Auburn Journal
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   Hundreds of Native Americans paid tribute to their heritage during  the 10th annual Big Time Pow Wow at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn on Saturday.
   Participants from all over the western United States gathered to celebrate Native American culture and traditions. This year’s theme was “Honoring Children and Families of Yesterday and Today.”
   Sponsored by the Sierra Native Alliance & the Campaign for Community Wellness, the pow wow also honored and remembered U.S. service members and veterans with a gourd dance of respect to all protectors and providers.
   The gathering, which ran from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., opened the pow wow at 1 p.m. with the Grand Entry, featuring all the dancers — young and old — dressed in regalia and entering the center circle for traditional dancing.
   The color guard then presented the colors. Intertribal traditional dancing continued throughout the afternoon, including Tiny Tots, Junior and Teens.
   Food and craft vendors offered everything from authentic native American foods to handmade jewelry.