Harvest Pow Wow 2014

The drums are the heartbeat of mother earth and hold a special place in the Native American Pow Wow symbolizing life and culture.

Midwest Soarring Foundation returned to Naper Settlment and celebrated its 20th year by awarding Founder Joseph Standing Bear with a blanket that symbolizes all he’s done for the Native American community.

The foundation also honored our local veterans with a traditional native american dance that had many joining in to show their appreciation to those who serve us.

“When we’re inside the circle it’s very sacred to us. We were taught by our elders that when you go out to the circle you don’t dance for yourself, but you dance for the ones that cant be there; the ones like he said in the wheelchair, the ones in institutions, prisons, sick but also the ones that were here before us, in their memory,” said Don McLester, Participant. “So when I go out there and dance I don’t care how bad im hurting or how tired I am I hear that drum and that all goes away as long as I’m out there.”

Those of all ages joined in on the songs and dances, raising awareness on native american heritage and keeping family values alive.

“This dance here I was raised up as a young kid to participate in these cultures of pow wows, it’s a generation of stuff passed down and its very important to keep our culture alive so when I had my children I raised them the same way I was raised,” said Thorpe Sine, participant. “With your Indian clothes and it’s just passing down your traditions.”

Many visitors showed interest in the culture learning how certain materials are made, exploring tee-pees, and buying native american clothing and goods.

The Midwest Soarring Foundation uses the money from the pow wow, which is their biggest fundraiser, to help pay for events throughout the year.

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