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American Indian Heritage Day Last Chance Pow Wow

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In light of American Indian Heritage Day, the Last Chance Pow Wow kicked off today with a demonstration for local students.

Kids filled in the exhibit hall at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds for dancing, music, and a unique cultural experience.  American Indian Culture runs deep in the state of Montana. 

The Last Chance Pow Wow demonstration provides an opportunity for local students to learn about the culture in a variety of ways.  Crow tribe member Burton Prettyontop says a pow wow brings communities together.

Prettyontop says, "We're celebrating life, we're celebrating unity.  Those are the things important for the ingredients, taught by us by the elders of our people."

Prettyontop says traditions are passed down to each generation, including his son and twin daughters who danced throughout the event.

Prettyontop says, "We celebrate as a family because family is very very important within our culture.  It's the backbone of every tribe and family is very important so we raise our children in a traditional way where we give thanks to the creator everyday."

Sioux tribe member Cammmie Henry says one of her favorite traditions is the music at pow wows.  But pow wows are more than just a good time, Prettyontop says it is a time for different cultures to come together and learn.

While the unity is an important aspect of the pow wows, henry says it is also a time to continue traditions, something she says is hard to find.  The grand entrance for tonight's pow wow begins at 7 pm in the exhibit hall at the fairgrounds.


Story by Jill Jagelski, Beartooth NBC.
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