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Dayton's 'Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow' explores Native American heritage

Pow-Wow dancers
Pow-Wow dancers
courtesy SunWatch

Native American heritage and traditions are in the spotlight at the 26th annual "Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow" being held at SunWatch Indian Village/ Archeological Park in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29.

"Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow" Presented by the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans, this family-friendly event will feature traditional Native American dancing (both intertribal and Contest dancing) including the women's shawl and jingle dance and the men's grass dance performed in full regalia in addition to singing and drumming.

The Pow Wow will also feature several live musical performances by Native American musicians.

For Native Americans, Pow Wow is a special gathering that allows them to reflect upon their heritage and show respect to one another and to the drum.

The Pow Wow will also offer Native American arts & crafts for sale and there will be plenty of traditional Native American food available for purchase.

Hours for the Pow Wow are 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Gates open at 9 a.m. The Grand Entry will take place at noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday and at noon on Sunday. It is recommended that you bring your own lawn chair.

Admission is $8 for adults (17-59), $5 for seniors (60 +) and for students (6-16). Weekend passes are $15 for adults and $9 for seniors and students. Children 5 and under are free. Parking is free.

For more information about the "Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow" call 937-268-8199 or get online at

The SunWatch Indian Village/Archeological Park is located at 2301 West River Rd. in Dayton, Ohio. Dayton is 211 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 3.5 hour drive.

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