By HDN Editorial Board
Friday evening kicks off the powwow season for the Hi-Line area, with the Montana State University Northern Sweetgrass Society powwow being held at the Northern gymnasium.
Grand entries for this first powwow of the season will be at 7 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Approximately 400 dancers adorned with traditional powwow ensembles, which include colorful and ornate headdresses and jingle dresses, are expected to attend. The group White Clay from Fort Belknap will be host drum for the ceremony and will perform traditional Native American music.
The Hi-Line community is lucky to have the chance to experience a taste of its culture and rich history through the powwow tradition. We at the Havre Daily News encourage everyone to take part in Montana's heritage and attend a powwow this year.
If you have never attended a powwow celebration, you may not realize what you are missing. Strong drum beats and enchanting traditional song combined with the intricate beadwork and detail of traditional powwow dance attire create a visual feast for the observer. Raffles, foods and crafts combined with dancing, singing and an intensely cultural and spiritual atmosphere make local powwows a must-see for everyone in the community.
It is appropriate that this weekend's powwow should fall just as Rocky Boy prepares to remember its Chippewa leader Stone Child on Monday, when Rocky Boy Indian Reservation celebrates its 85th anniversary.
Make the most of Easter weekend by celebrating local culture at the Sweetgrass Society powwow.