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Pipestone Pow Wow to begin Friday

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PIPESTONE —The rich heritage and culture of Native Americans will be celebrated at the annual Pipestone Pow Wow this weekend. 

The event will kick off at 4 p.m. Friday.

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“Our first event will be the traditional cooking contest on Friday,” said Bud Johnston, who is hosting the Pow Wow along with his wife, Rona. The Johnstons also own The Keepers Gift Shop and Gallery, a shop full of pipestone, pipes, leather and American Indian art.

“There needs to be a traditional ingredient in the dish,” Johnston added. “I’ve seen people in the past substitute white rice for wild rice, or use wild game as their meat portion of the meal.”

The the event swings into full gear Saturday with grand entries at 1 and 5 p.m. Spectators will be able to see handcrafted American Indian art, sample buffalo burgers and Indian tacos, and learn more about Pipestone.

“On Sunday morning we are doing a walk of the quarry line, and then we will also be doing a special veterans event at the Three Maidens,” Johnston said.

The event is completely free, but Johnston asks people to consider bringing a free-will donation. Money will go to the food bank, he said.

People and cultures from around the world will be present at the Pow Wow.

“In the past we’ve had people from China, New Zealand, France — all people we’ve met in the past through our outreach programs,” explained Johnston.

A final grand entry will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Friday: 4-6 p.m.: traditional cooking contest.

Saturday: Noon-7:30 p.m.: Pow Wow, with grand entries at 1 and 5:30 p.m.

Sunday: Grand Entry at 1 p.m.

For more information on the Pow Wow, contact Bud and Rona Johnston by emailing pipe@iw.net or visiting their website at www.pipekeepers.org. To contact the Pipestone Chamber of Commerce, call (507) 825-3316 or visit its website at www.pipestoneminnesota.com.

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