Portland Community College's Winter Powwow celebrates Native American tradition

by: TIMES PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Three-year-old Kingston Black Owl, a Lakota Native American, dances with elder men during the Portland Community College Wacipi Winter Powwow on Saturday at the Sylvania Campus.Portland Community College’s Sylvania Campus highlighted Native American culture and tradition on Saturday during the 15th annual “Wacipi” or “They Dance” Winter Powwow.

The powwow featured drum groups and dancers from across the region, Native American crafts and food, activities for children and raffle prizes.

Proceeds from the powwow will support the Native American Student Scholarship, which aims to increase access and retention of Native American students at PCC.

This event was sponsored by the college’s Sylvania Campus president, powwow planning committee, Sylvania Multicultural Center, Sylvania Women’s Resource Center and the Native American Rehabilitation TIMES PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Sydney Moore, a Nez Perce Native American, participates in a girls dance during Saturday's Winter TIMES PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Members of Wy'East drum group perform during the grand entry of TIMES PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Two-year-old Sweet Song Spotted Eagle, a Blackfeet Cowitchan Tsaout Native American, dances with women and other girls during the Winter TIMES PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Ed Wulf, a Yupik Athabaskan Alaskan Native, wears a detailed eagle TIMES PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Members of Wy'East drum group, from left, Wallace Deerskin, Steven Paul and Russell Charley drum and sing during the grand entry of dancers.
by: TIMES PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Love Richardson, a member of the tribal council woman for the Nipmuc Nation dances with David Yelloweyes, Northern Cheyenne Native American, during a couples dance at the PCC WACIPI Winter Powwow.
by: TIMES PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Chief Chewesclaw (William DePoe), great-grandson of Siletz Chief William DePoe for which the city of Depoe Bay is named, prepares to lead dancers and honored veterans during the grand entry.

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