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Nashville Pow Wow to Draw Big Crowd; Host Award-Winning Arvel Bird

Live music, competitive dancing, drums and authentic food will bring thousands to Nashville, Tennessee, for the 32nd Annual Fall Festival Tennessee State Pow Wow, which starts on Friday.

Sally Wells, president of the Native American Indian Association of Tennessee, said that this year she expects about 18,000 people from in and out of state to attend. There will also be a special performance by the Native American Women Warrior.

Five female veteran soldiers—representing the intertribal Native group that performed at President Barack Obama’s inaugural parade in January—are sure to please the crowd gathering at Long Hunter State Park, said Wells.

“We usually have $40,000 available for prize money,” Wills said. “We always have a pow wow every year to raise money for the Circle of Life Indian Cultural Center.”

The planned 6,500 square-foot Center will house a museum, a research library, the organization’s administrative headquarters and pow wow grounds.


Written by Tish Leizens with ICT News on October 17, 2013.

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