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Powwow to feature Apache Crown Dancers
Admission wristbands on sale at TESORO Stores
27 August 2004

BISMARCK, ND - A group of Apache Crown Dancers from Arizona led by a renowned cultural teacher is the featured cultural dance group of the 35th Annual United Tribes International Powwow.

      The Edgar Perry Group, of McNary, Arizona, is scheduled for special performances in the dance arbor at Lone Star Arena on the campus of United Tribes Technical College at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, September 10 and 11, and at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, September 12.

      Crown dances in Apache culture serve to invoke blessings for people of the tribe and typically are not performed in public. Performances at the powwow will be cultural sharing and not religious ceremonies.

      Perry currently serves as Apache Culture Specialist for the White River Schools on the Fort Apache Reservation in east-central Arizona. He is a panel advisor for both the New Mexico Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Heard Museum in Phoenix, and a former director of the White Mountain Apache Cultural Center. He wrote the first and only Apache Dictionary and travels the world giving cultural presentations.

      This is the first time that crown dancers, with their wooden slat headdresses and southwestern regalia, will appear at the United Tribes Powwow. In addition to the scheduled performances, the dancers will participate in powwow grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

      TESORO Refining and Marketing and Westcon Industries, in collaboration with United Tribes, sponsor their appearance.

      "We're proud to be a supporter of the featured cultural group and the powwow. We've been involved for years," said Al Anderson, TESORO Regional President and refinery manager. "The powwow enriches the entire community and everyone benefits."

      Admission wristbands are on sale at all TESORO stations in the Bismarck-Mandan area. A $15 weekend pass guarantees entrance to all cultural and sporting events affiliated with the powwow. Elders over age 60 and children under 5 are admitted free. There is no charge for parking.

      Also scheduled to appear is the South American musical group Atalhualpa. Directed by master flute player Bolivar Burga, the group plays traditional pan flute music on native Inca instruments with contemporary backup from guitars and keyboard. Atahualpa is scheduled for performances at the Lone Star Arena at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 10, 11, and 12.

      The roster of powwow officials includes announcers Dale Old Horn (Montana) and Wallace Coffey (Oklahoma), Arena Director Bill Runs Above (Montana), Head Singing Judge Wade Baker (ND), and Women's Head Dance Judge Kim Tootosis (Canada). Mike One Star (SD) will be the Men's Head Dance Judge, a change from earlier notices.

      Copies of the United Tribes International Powwow information tabloid will be available free of charge at the official powwow souvenir stand. The 96-page guide contains the four-day powwow schedule along with information about powwow entertainment, etiquette, and the numerous sponsors and advertisers who underwrite the event.

      More information about the event is posted at the websites www.unitedtribespowwow.com and www.uttc.edu.


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