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POSTED: Sunday, April 26, 2009

Hilo powwow honors native culture

The fourth annual Hilo Inter-Tribal PowWow celebrating Native American culture will take place May 23-25 at Wailoa River Park on the Big Island. The free event will run from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 23 and 24 and will conclude May 25 with a Veterans' Honoring Ceremony and retiring of the colors at 4 p.m. A Grand Entry parade is set for 10 a.m. all three days.

The powwow includes music, dancing, food and cultural traditions with opportunities for audience participation. The powwow will begin each day with traditional gourd dancing by Hawaii's Gourd Society, which is made up of Native American veterans. Special guests and performers will include the California Intertribal Bird Singers; the Wapato Indian Club, a youth group from Washington; hip-hop artist Brian Frejo and Culture Shock Camp, the Wildhorse Drum and Dancers from Southern California and Troy “;Good Medicine”; De Roche, a world-renowned Blackfeet flute player who lives on the Big Island.

For more information, go to www.hilopowwow.com or write to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).