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First pow wow for Ft. Indy in 30 years

August 28, 2012

For the first time in about 30 years, the Fort Independence Paiute Tribe will be hosting a Native American Pow Wow.
The Independence tribe will be sharing its culture, history and heritage through a number of cultural events, including dances, interpretive displays and good old fashioned fellowship this fall, and organizers are hoping to attract local and out-of-the-area visitors to participate.
Pow Wow Co-Chairperson and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Priscilla Naylor said the event “is a wonderful way to present our cultural heritage to our own Native American community and to our Eastern Sierra neighbors and visitors.”
The pow wow is scheduled for Sept. 20-22 and will feature traditional dance contests for adults and youth, drum groups, interpretive displays, singing, food, vendors and more.
All of the events will be held on Tribal grounds which are located about 2.5 miles north of of Independence on U.S. 395. All the events will be free and open to the public.
“Pow wow gives our neighbors here in Inyo County as well as the traveling public the opportunity to learn more about our heritage and history” said Co-Chairperson John Scruggs. “We hope everyone will stop by to enjoy the activities.”
“Pow wow provides an opportunity to share our historic customs and traditions. It’s an important tool to help keep our ancestral past alive,” Naylor said.
The Fort Independence Paiute Tribe has approximately 140 members and is one of the oldest recognized tribes in the Owens Valley.
The tribe operates a convenience store, truck stop, RV Park and casino just north of Independence and provides employment for about 20 southern Inyo County residents.
For more information contact Priscilla Naylor or John Scruggs at (760) 878-2483.

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