Courtesy Fort McDowell Yavapai Tribe
A hoop dancer performs at a previous Fort McDowell event

Fort McDowell Pow Wow to Celebrate a 30-year ‘Winning Streak’

Lee Allen

This one is a biggie and dancers are expected to show up from the cold climes: Montana, North and South Dakota, Colorado, as well as states like Florida, California, New Mexico and a large contingent from Oklahoma tribes known for pow wow participation. “Our Northern Head Staff MC is Terry Fiddler from Redwing, Minnesota, who told us that he couldn’t wait for the chance to escape the snow and ice, take off four layers of clothing, and put on cutoffs and a Hawaiian shirt to enjoy the event,” Bahe said.

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In addition to the fun, food, and festivities, there’s a lot of history here with a tribe whose reservation was designated in 1903 and marks a portion of ancestral territory of nomadic bands.

“We’re a humble people who lived off the land whose lives have changed and enhanced the life of each tribal member because of the success of our gaming efforts. People don’t understand that we were the first tribe to actually get into gaming,” Bahe said. “You don’t hear of other tribes being in gaming until we took a stand, came forth with the tribe, and pushed the initiative to have Indian gaming on a reservation. We paved the way for others to enter the field and become prosperous through gaming.”

And Bahe extends an invitation for all to enjoy the Yavapai tribe’s sunshine and to help celebrate 30 years of success.

“The willingness to share with neighbors is a central facet of Yavapai culture,” said Fort McDowell Yavapai Tribal Council member Gerald Doka. “For Natives, there is no better way to celebrate than with a pow wow -- singing, drumming, dancing, prayer, and honoring.”




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