By Kathy Bedell © Saguache Today
For those who look forward to the Annual Community Pow-Wow held in Saguache every year, there’s good news! This year, the event will now span over two days, August 24 and 25 to be held in Otto Mears Park.
Many Nations, One Community of Indian drummers, singers and dancers will gather at Otto Mears Park in Saguache for this two-day celebration of all things Native American. The park opens on both days at 9 a.m. and the event is free and open to the public.
As has been tradition, Master of Ceremony Long Soldier will kick off the celebration on both days with the Grand Entry scheduled for 11 a.m., followed by traditional drum music and festive dancing for all. This year’s drum circle will include musicians from NihokaDine of Tuba City, Ariz., and the Up Stream Singers, Kansas Kickapoo. The evening culminates a Pot Luck Honor Meal with friends and neighbors sharing their favorite side dish to compliment the main feast, usually donated by a local farmer or rancher from the San Luis Valley.
According to a blog by Crowfox KmimilaWi: This Pow-Wow began as a dream many years ago. It was created to be a heritage learning experience by a Native American Community member for her dancing for her children. Her dream was to keep indigenous heritage alive in the community while instilling pride in her children as they learned about Regalia and dancing.
It has been more than 20 years since those pow-wows, today community members work to continue that dream on a larger scale. This pow-wow is unique in that it focuses on the non-competitive origins of this tradition. This is one of the more spiritual pow-wows in the area.
While the central focus of the weekend’s celebration is Native American culture and traditions, there is also a fair surrounding Otto Mears Park with everything from food vendors to arts and crafts, with Native American specialties being the focus.
Some background . . . Saguache and the entire San Luis Valley was known as the land of the Ute Indians, but the area was also known to 12 different Indian tribes, including the Navajo, Apache, and Comanche, who came to trade, hunt, and raid.
Eventually, the Utes made a treaty of peace with the United States in 1849, shortly after the Mexican War. Afterward, settlers from New Mexico established several small communities in what is now Colorado and in 1868 the Utes were removed to a reservation in western Colorado. They continued to play a role in Saguache in the northwestern corner of the valley from the Los Pinos Agency to the west of Saguache until they lost their expansive reservation as the result of the Meeker massacre in 1879.
Come, gather with others to learn about the meaningful traditions of Indigenous People at the 8th Annual Saguache Community Pow-Wow. For more information, readers may contact Crowfox at 719-588-3390 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details, you may also connect with the group on the Annual Saguache Pow-Wow Facebook Page. Otto Mears Park is located between Christy and Pitkin Avenues just off on Highway 285 in Saguache, CO. It’s time to celebrate the things that make everyone special and unique in Saguache Today!