Pipestone Pow Wow set for this weekend
PIPESTONE -- The 13th Annual Pipestone Pow Wow will take place Friday through Sunday in Pipestone at 400 N. Hiawatha Ave., Pipestone, near Leon H. Moore Park.
The event will start Friday with the second annual Native Food Cook Off from 4 to 6 p.m. Visitors will be able to sample native foods that include traditional ingredients like wild game, buffalo, wild rice, corn, beans and squash.
"One main ingredient has to be a traditional food -- whatever our tribal people used to use -- and everyone uses their imagination," explained President of the Keepers Bud Johnson. "It's really cool because most people don't even know how to cook anymore, and here this is stuff that our people have been eating for thousands of years."
Visitors will act as taste testers and judge the dishes after receiving a sample of each of the foods.
"Whichever one you like, you put a dollar in and get a big bowl of it," Johnson said. At the end of the evening, the dish with the most cash will be named the winner.
Bruce Weigle, a local flute player, will perform during the cook-off.
There will be a grand entry at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, as well as at 1 p.m. Sunday. A veteran carrying a flag will start the procession and be followed by all the dancers that have come to the pow wow.
"What we do that is different than most pow wows is we have an exhibition for each style of dance, and I explain what each dance is about and what it is for," Johnson said. "The grand entry is the big start for the sequence of events."
There will also be gourd dancing from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to honor veterans.
"Most of the guys who are gourd dancers are vets, and they are real meticulous about what their outfit looks like," Johnson explained. "They usually stand around in a semi-circle and instead of using a drum, they use a gourd and rattle the gourd and dance."
New this year will be a special ceremony for veterans at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
"We're inviting all veterans from all nations to be part of it," said Johnson. "It's to release the blood of their service in the military. We did it last year, but we did it in private at the Three Maidens. This year we're going to do it so the world and everyone can see."
Johnson explained the event will be a modification of the ceremony that is performed when a tribal member dies.
The Pipestone Pow Wow will also include a craft show from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday.