POW WOW: Event kicks off tonight

COLUMBIA CITY — The 17th annual Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow begins today and will run through Sunday at Morsches Park, Columbia City. The event opens today at 5 p.m. with 32 vendors displaying and selling native crafts and products. Three vendors will sell buffalo burgers, buffalo tacos, fry bread and more. Soaring Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation will be in the Family Tent from 6 to 8 p.m. Holly Meyers will tell stories. At 7 p.m. Young Native Nite will be performing a freewill concert featuring Adam Strack. Strack plays guitar and his music is for by all ages. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, the pow wow gates open. All vendors are open till close. The 5K “Healthy Traditions” fun run/walk will be Saturday at 8 a.m.The Living Native History area, with Erik Vosteen, will be open all day. He will demonstrate how ancient people in this area made, fired and cooked in pottery. Vosteen will be making replica woodland earthenware pottery from clays dug in Indiana. He will also demonstrate how to cook in the functional pots.Visitors can try out his atlatl sets, some dart casting with this ancient weapon system. Participants can taste samples of food and try their hand at pottery and several other Native American arts. A silent auction will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the information tent. Bud Eagle Wolf will entertain throughout the day with his flute music. Strack will play at 11 a.m. Soaring Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation will be in the family tent from 10 a.m. until noon. Grand Entry Dancing will be from 1 and 6:30 p.m. The dancers, in full regalia, will dance to the drums along with singers. Sunday the gates open at 10 a.m. Vendors and Living Native History area will be open all day. The Scholarship Auction will start at 10:30 a.m. and continue until all items are sold. All proceeds will go to the scholarship fund to help Native American college students. Grand Entry Dancing is at noon. The event will end at 5 p.m.Admission for the pow wow is $4 and children under 12 are free. Parking is free, with handicap parking available. For more information call 609-7844 or visit www.miamipowow.org.