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Thousands attend Newhall powwow

Posted: September 27, 2008 8:04 p.m.
Updated: November 29, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Samuel Sierra, 3, of Canyon Country, represents the Tigua tribe from El Paso, Texas, as he dances during the 15th Annual American Powwow celebration in Newhall on Saturday.

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Thousands of visitors from the Santa Clarita Valley and beyond celebrated the culture and heritage of American Indians during Los Angeles County’s largest powwow on Saturday.

The 15h Annual American Indian Powwow converted the William S. Hart County Park and Museum in Newhall into a craft fair and performance arena.

“All the tribes get together and it’s a celebration of life,” said Princess Whitefeather, one of the event coordinators.

She estimates that up to 30,000 people are expected to visit the powwow over the weekend.
A major draw of the Friends of Hart Park-sponsored event are the performances that take place in the arena.

“Dancers come from all over,” Whitefeather said.

Here families can sit on the stacks of hay underneath the canopies and watch various American Indian tribes perform sacred dances throughout the day.

Beyond the grassy park area, families strolled the row of about 60 vendors selling American Indian-inspired items.

Linda Voelker and Donna Larrabee were two of the people who mixed into the American Indian culture.
The mother and daughter pair from Valencia are familiar with the booths and day’s activities. After all, they’ve been coming to the American Indian powwow for 10 years.

It’s a mix of things that draws them to the annual festival every year: the people, dancers, American Indian regalia and culture.

“All of the above,” Voelker said after listing the reasons.

Larrabee added, “It’s just beautiful.”

On Saturday, the two planned to browse the vendors and check out the performances.

They plan to return today to do it all again.

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