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20181024 Indian Pow Wow dy 032The 48th annual Dak' ee si Pow Wow will be held from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Lark Community Center, 2601 Lark Ave. in McAllen. The event is free and open to the public.

Dak' ee si means the fall ceremony of celebration and the event is a way for the Native American tribe to share its culture and history with other tribes and non-natives.

There will be gourd dancing from 11 a.m. - noon and again from 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. There will also be intertribal dances throughout the day.
Each type of dance has its own meaning. There are several opinions regarding the gourd dance, a dance that is used to honor a warrior. Many state that the dance originated with the Kiowa Tribe.

The dance will be one of the featured dances at the day-long pow wow.

The buffalo dance is known as “a ritual group dance of North American Indians imitative of the buffalo for cure, for success in the hunt, or as part of the sun-dance ceremony,” according to Merriam-Webster. The Free Dictionary online describes the snake dance as “any of various ceremonial dances of American Indian peoples in which snakes are handled or imitated by the dancers.”

There will be more than 40 vendors selling native food, arts, crafts, beads, supplies, jewelry, dream catchers and food.

20181024 Indian Pow Wow dy 068"This event is a family affair – all ages are welcome to come and learn about the American Indian culture. Some dances are audience participation,” said Iris Soto, who coordinates the event with her husband Robert Soto, a Lipan Apache. “There will be food, arts and craft vendors, jewelry, beads, jewelry making supplies, cake walks, raffles and more.”

Bob Woolery, a Chickasaw/Cherokee, is the master of ceremonies. There will also be dancers/drummers from the Ponca and Lipan Apache tribes, among others.

The Edinburg Folkloric Aztec Dancers dance team will also make a special guest appearance.

“This is a way of keeping our heritage alive,” Robert Soto said previously. “The Lipan Apaches had a stronghold in the Valley. Starr County was especially our stronghold and then the western side of Hidalgo County. We want to let people know about our history and our culture and we want to celebrate life.”

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