Indian Market and Powwow returns to Fort restaurant in Morrison

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When the Tesoro Cultural Center’s 13th Annual Indian Market and Powwow opens on May 18 and 19 at The Fort, local potter Padponee of Elizabeth, who is of Kickapoo/Potawatomi heritage, will be among the exhibiting American Indian artists.

The colorful event places the Indian artists inside Morrison's spacious Fort restaurant and fills the grounds with dancers from many tribes, who compete in the Powwow for cash prizes and honors, as well as performing traditional dances.

In recognition of Armed Forces Day, an American Indian veteran is honored each year. In 2013, honors will go to six young female veterans. The Sister Nations Color Guard is composed of young women from various tribal nations, brought together in friendship, according to Carolyn Doran, the Fort’s program director.

Artists participating include: Virginia Yazzie Ballenger, Gallup N.M., Navajo, who designs traditional clothing; Al Chandler Good Strike, Hays, Mont., Gros Ventre, who will bring hides, parfleches and drums; Joe and La Jenne Chavez, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Santo Domingo and Santo Domingo/Seminole, who create jewelry and beadwork; and Linda Lucero Frequa, Jemez Pueblo, Jemez, who makes pottery storyteller figures.

Others will bring quillwork, paintings, sculptures and more, and will demonstrate their techniques and sell their art to local collectors.

More than 50 intertribal dancers and drum groups in traditional clothing and regalia will fill the grounds. They will share their heritage, beginning with a Gourd Dance each day at 10 a.m. and a Grand Entry at noon both days, when all the dancers parade in to a drumbeat.

On May 18, the Sister Nations Color Guards and all veterans will be honored and on May 19, Indian graduates will be recognized.

Dance competitions will range from men’s and women’s Golden Age, through Northern and Southern Traditional, Boy’s and Girl’s Fancy Dance and Tiny Tots (6 and under).

Native storytelling, educational exhibits, face painting, Hawkquest and other activities will fill the two days.