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M-P United Native Club to host annual powwow March 24
MARYSVILLE The M-PHS United Native Club will hold its fifth annual traditional powwow the evening of March 24 in the high school gym.
The event is free to attend and dinner is gratis as well, but vendors will have plenty of native arts and crafts available for purchase.
Organizer Matt Remle is the Native American liaison and a Standing Rock Sioux Tribal member serving his third year as a counselor at the high school. Most of the visiting tribes will be locals but in the past native groups from east of the mountains, Oregon and Canada have visited. The event is open to everybody and usually draws about 300 people.
The heaviest presence obviously are the local tribes, but well get folks as far east as Yakima and northern Oregon, Remle said. Weve had some Canadian natives come down but most are the urban natives who live in Seattle.
Powwows were the traditional equivalent of the great medieval fairs in Europe, where many different tribes and bands would travel to socialize and trade. Coastal people might bring cedar to bargain for furs and hides from natives living further in the continental interior, and thats how folks got together every so often, Remle explained.
Thats where a lot a trading used to take place. That actually still takes place if you go to the powwows back east in Montana, Remle said. Its really an old tradition for communities regardless of bands to come together.
Anyone looking for some good warm frybread should be happy and many other dishes are served, gratis, to all comers. Remle said he isnt a dancer and doesnt wear a lot a regalia, but there will doubtless be many who do.
We always got a mixture of all kinds of people coming, nobodys excluded, Remle added.
Ervanna Little Eagle is a Warm Springs Indian from central Oregon who teaches history at Marysville Junior High School and helped bring to life the huge totem pole carved by Tulalip master carver Kelly Moses at the Seventh Street entry to the junior high campus. Little Eagle saw to it that students learned about many other cultures during the semester-long carving project and has attended the powwow for several years. She said the powwow was a great event.
Its pretty awesome that their high school has allowed them to have a native students committee, that lets students learn about and express native culture, history and pride, Little Eagle said.
There will be lots of drumming and visitors will notice several modes of dervishing on display.
They are different styles of dancing, men have a style and women have a style, Little Eagle said.
The headman dancer will be Deshawn Little Eagle, and the headwoman dancer will be Kateri Joe with Randy Vendiola as arena director and Michael Vendiola will serve emcee. Vendors can rent 10-foot-square booths for $25 and a donated item.
The fifth annual M-PHS United Native Club Traditional Powwow is held in the gymnasium at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, 5611 108th Street NE, Marysville. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. and the grand entry at 7 p.m. For more information call Matt Remle at 360-657-0940.