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DULCE, NEW MEXICO For some of the children who will attend the 2nd Annual Childrens' Christmas Powwow in Dulce, the gift they receive there may be the only gift they receive this Christmas.
Jicarilla Apache Tribe Childrens' Christmas Powwow this Saturday
The one-day powwow will be held at the Dulce Community Center on Hawks Drive in Dulce on Saturday, December 15.
“Christmas is a very special time of year and most kids don't have a Christmas to remember. The vision for this event is to give back to the children, and families of the Dulce community and surrounding communities,”
commented Eldina Pesata, coordinator of youth activities for the Department of Youth the Jicarilla Apache Tribe.
“I am proud because the dancers and drums are local people. They are willing to volunteer to make the powwow a success.”
“So with this event, the hope is to put a smile on the children's faces and, give joy to the families,”
The powwow brings the community together. There is a contest for ages 7-18 boys and girls. Adults are encouraged to come and dance with the children teach or guide them what is to be expected at a powwow.
The Department of Youth works very hard to fund raise and get sponsors to host this Childrens' Christmas powwow. During the powwow, Santa Claus stops by to give out toys to all the children in attendance at the powwow. Toys are donated during the Toy Drive, we try to give all we can back to the kids and make them feel special.
Admission $2.00 per person or donate a brand new toy for FREE admission.
The Department of Youth was established by John C. Baltazar in July 1981. The purpose of the department is to provide services to the youth of their tribal community. The department provides prevention and intervention services to work towards developing capable healthy children, involving the total community: schools, parents, elders, and tribal leaders.
The mission is to strive for healthy on-going youth activities, personal guidance, substance abuse education, youth employment and culture awareness activities for the Jicarilla Apache Youth.
Children's Christmas Powwow
Dulce Community Center
Dulce, New Mexico 87528
posted December 12, 2012 9:57 am est