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Cowlitz Tribe shares heritage and culture at 15th annual Pow Wow

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Tribal members both with and without traditional dress, as well as military veterans, led the Grand Entry during the 15th annual Cowlitz Indian Tribal Pow Wow at Saturday Toledo High School. The ceremony included presentations of singers and dancers as well as an invocation by Honorary Cowlitz Chief Row Wilson and, this year, a Hebrew prayer on the shofar by Perry Gearhart, a guest from Philadelphia who said he has been traveling the country to connect his faith with those of the Native American peoples.

Members of The Allen Family Singers, from Auburn, served as Host Drum during the 15th annual Cowlitz Indian Tribal Pow Wow at Saturday Toledo High School. They joined Honor Drum Grey Eagle in providing traditional song during ceremonies such as the Grand Entry, and for the performances of dancers.

In annual tradition, military veterans were invited to accept a gift for their service as well as speak before the audience and introduce themselves. The dream catchers given this year were said to have taken roughly an hour apiece to construct, though it was said this is nothing compared to what service members have given.

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