Westside Pioneer Home Page

One Nation Walking Together's annual powwow/fundraiser at Norris-Penrose Aug. 11

A colorful dancer is shown during the 2017 Colorado Springs Intertribal Powwow at the Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center on North Nevada Avenue.
Courtesy of Colorado Springs Intertribal Powwow
July 27, 2018
       The 10th annual Colorado Springs Intertribal Powwow has moved to the Westside this year.
       Sponsored by One Nation Walking Together, the event will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road.
       The time frame is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the dancers' Grand Entry at 11 a.m.
       “This is a traditional powwow, where American Indians from all tribes join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships and making new ones,” a press release states. “About 2,000 to 3,000 people attend annually. This is a great opportunity for non-Natives to learn and ask questions about American Indian culture, history, dances and music.”
       Entertainment will include drums and dancers, art, artisans, birds of prey and live wolf exhibits. There will also be kids' activities and vendors, some of whom will offer American Indian food, such as Navajo tacos and fry bread, the release adds.
       Admission is $5. Attendees are also asked to bring a non-perishable food item.
       Proceeds will help fund One Nation Walking Together's program to transport semi-tractor trailer supply loads to Indian reservations, explained Rhetta Walter, spokesperson for the powwow and One Nation.
       The most recent previous location for the Colorado Springs Intertribal Powwow was the Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center on North Nevada Avenue.
       According to Walter, the Norris-Penrose move seemed appropriate because “there is a lot more activity in that area (closer to the Broadmoor and Cheyenne Mountain). There will also be a rodeo [offered by another organization] at 5 p.m. in the rodeo arena.”
       The event is not organized by the same people who manage the annual powwow at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, Walter said, in answer to a question. The Rock Ledge powwow will be Sept. 22 this year.
       For more information on the Colorado Springs Intertribal Powwow, go to coloradospringspowwow.org.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Community: Charitable)

Would you like to respond to this article? The Westside Pioneer welcomes letters at editor@westsidepioneer.com. (Click here for letter-writing criteria.)