Visitors Admire Native-American Garb at Last Day of Powwow
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CABAZON - For some visiting the last day of the Morongo Powwow in Cabazon, it’s been a long time coming. "I live out here full time and I’ve never been to Powwow before and my friend Estelle said, they're having Powwow, we should go, so here we are,” says Lil Green.
For others, they're used to the tribal sounds that echo throughout any powwow’s across the United States. "Fantastic outing for a family. You get to see various tribes and hear the music representing the culture in their different dance attire,” says visitor Steven Blakely.
More than 300 American and Canadian tribes drum, dance and display their Native-American culture for more than 30,000 people throughout the three-day weekend. Vendors on sight selling food, pottery and the famous Native-American jewelry. "It's a beautiful sight,” says Blakely. "The dancers are great, the costumes are great and just, it's something I haven't experienced before,” says Green.
For Blakely, who has been to one other powwow, his favorite part is watching the elaborate costumes come together and create a story. "It’s one extreme to another, beautiful attire that the male and female will wear for their activities of dancing. It's a huge competition,” says Blakely.
For Green, she can't help but recognize the contrast in the old Native-American way compared with modern America. "I'm getting a kick out of watching some of the tribal members all dressed up in their garb but holding a cell phone or an iPad. I think that's pretty unique. We've come a long way,” says Green.
For all visitors, experiencing the culture of the first people of our land is inspiring. Blakely says he'll take a chapter out of their playbook. "It's a very interesting culture. The food, the people. They're all about the environment, the land, family and good times,” says Blakely.