Grand Ronde to host powwow
The event is one of the largest powwows in the Northwest. It usually draws more than 250 Native dancers who compete for prizes in 20 categories.
More than $35,000 in prize money will be awarded to competing dancers. Spectators are welcome at all events, including grand entries at 7 o’clock tonight, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Spectators also can watch the parade from the powwow grounds to Fort Yamhill State Park at 10 a.m. Saturday; and the Grand Ronde Royalty coronation this evening.
Host drums will be Young Bear and Young Spirit. The Woodsmen are the honorary host drums.
Women’s traditional and men’s round bustle dances will be featured.
Edmund Nevaquaya will be master of ceremonies for the weekend. Charlie TailFeathers will serve as head judge and Fred Ike Jr. will act as arena director.
Camping is available at Uyxat Powwow Grounds for $5. Day parking costs $1 or a donation of canned food.
A shuttle will be available to transport spectators from Spirit Mountain Casino to the powwow grounds.
The powwow is a drug- and alcohol-free event. No pets are permitted in the powwow arena.