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CHICAGO - With various eagle staffs entering the dance arena, the 58th Annual Chicago Powwow began this afternoon at Navy Pier. Dressed in colorful and beautiful regalia, American Indian dancers from various tribes throughout the country were on hand for Grand Entry with numerous drum groups from various Great Lakes states.
American Indian dancers from various tribes throughout the country
"Every year, we have about 12,000 people who attend this powwow," stated Joe Podiasek, Ojibwe, Executive Director, American Indian Center of Chicago.
Podiasek welcomed the attendees to the powwow.
His organization is sponsoring this weekend's powwow. The American Indian Center of Chicago is the oldest urban Indian center in the United States.
Sunday Doors Open at 10 am with Grand Entry at 12 noon
In addition to the drumming and dancing, powwow attendees can purchase authentic American Indian-made jewelry, beadwork, drums, among other items. Indian tacos, fry bread and wild rice soup were being sold.
Several Chicago-based American Indian organizations are on hand at the powwow with informational booths marketing their programs. Free flu shots were being given, provided by the City of Chicago.
The powwow will continue until 9:30 pm tonight and will reopen at 10 am on Sunday with Grand Entry at 12 noon. Price of admission is $12 for adults; $6 for children, aged 6 -12 and Elders, 55 and older. Student groups receive a $2 discount. Weekend passes are available for $18.
posted November 19, 2011 7:30 pm est
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