Last Chance Community Pow Wow: A Celebration of Native Dance and Culture

Today is your last chance to experience the splendor of the 14th Annual Last Chance Community Pow Wow. Grand Entry is at 1 p.m. at the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Helena, Montana. The pow wow is free and all are welcome.

More than 100 dancers from nine tribes, coming from five states including all over Montana, and also from Canada are taking part in the pow wow, said Cary Youpee, Fort Peck Sioux, this year’s chairman.

The Last Chance Community Pow Wow Committee, a grassroots organization in Helena, Montana, was formed in 1998 to create awareness and understanding of the Native American culture. The Committee basically started out of deep respect of our Indian culture and a strong desire to share their Native culture and traditions with relatives, friends, and local residents through a community pow wow celebration.

The theme of the pow wow is “Honor The Children.”  One of the pow wow’s missions is to help teach our youth the many traditions of Native American culture and to share this with their peers to create a better understanding between Native and non-Natives. Children are involved in all functions which include drumming, singing, dancing, regalia making, and fund-raising. It is important for them to participate in cultural activities so they stay in touch with their heritage and can share with others and pass the traditions on to their children.

American Indian traditions are being kept alive at the Last Chance Community Pow Wow, Youpee told the Independent Record. “We probably have the most tiny tot dancers of any pow wow. That’s our theme — honor the children.”

For information, call 406-439-5631.

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