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Local Pow Wow Honors Vets, Public Servants, and Life Lost to COVID-19

-Daryell Smith

Even the mist and cool temperatures could not dampen the spirits of the participants and audience at the second Cumberland River Pow Wow.

Participants from about 10 states gathered at Riverbluff Park in Ashland City for a day of Native American dancing exhibitions, as well as a number of vending booths with an assortment of handmade items.

The festival drew a large audience that watched with great admiration of the dances and colorful native wear.

After the opening ceremony, the first dance was performed in honor of veterans and public service workers including law enforcement, EMT's, and fire department personnel who were invited to join in the ceremonial dance.

This year's pow wow was dedicated in honor of Ryan Charles Bell, a member of the group who lost his life last year at the age of 24 after contracting COVID-19.


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