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38th annual Ksanka Standing Arrow Powwow is this weekend

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ELMO — The Kootenai Tribe, also known as the Ktunaxa Ksanka Band, welcome all nations and the general public to the 38th annual Ksanka Standing Arrow Powwow at the Elmo Powwow Grounds on Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, July 22. The Ksanka Standing Arrow Powwow is a Native American gathering in view of Flathead Lake featuring drumming, dancing and traditional dress.

The Kootenai share sovereignty on the Flathead Indian Reservation with the Salish and Pend Oreille people and form the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The Ktunaxa Ksanka Band is culturally unique and  Kootenai language is unrelated to any language in the world.

Dance categories at this year’s event include: Tiny Tots; Juniors - ages 7-12 ($100, $75, $50 prizes); Teens – ages 13-17 ($300, $250, $200 prizes); Adults – ages 18 – 59; Golden Age – ages 60+. Dancers must be registered and be in full regalia to enter competition.

Other fun activities include a softball tournament, youth basketball and a stickgame tournament. Many food concessions and vendors with arts and crafts provide added pleasure to the weekend.

This is a drug and alcohol-free event.


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