advertisement

Native American dancers perform at pow wow

Monday, May 26, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:45 a.m. CDT, Monday, May 26, 2014
Members of many native american tribes came together to celebrate and display their heritage at the seventh annual For the People Pow Wow. The pow wow was held on Saturday at the Central Missouri Events Complex.

COLUMBIA — While it drizzled around them, a few hundred people huddled under a pavilion Saturday at the Central Missouri Events Center to watch their family dance.

But it was no ordinary family reunion. It was the seventh annual For The People Pow Wow, and the families were not related by blood.

Jesse Lee, of Knob Noster, Mo., has been bringing his children and grandchildren to the pow wow in Columbia since its inception. He considers all dancers members of his extended family, even if they belong to other tribes.

“We’re what’s left of a generation that they said would not exist,” Lee said. “We all share one common thing: we’re indigenous people and we’re still here.”

But for Lee, the pow wow is more than a family gathering — it is a spiritual experience.

“It’s like going to church and hearing the songs of our parents and grandparents,” said Lee, whose mother was a full-blood Cheyenne. “While we dance, we ask for things. Many of the songs are healing for us.”

The annual event is sponsored by the Missionary Society for the Preservation of Traditional Values and the Missouri Humanities Council.


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements