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All roads point to 105th Meskwaki Powwow Thurs. - Sun.

Friday afternoon session cancelled

August 8, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

From the PowWow: "Due to circumstances beyond our control, the afternoon session of the 105th Annual Meskwaki Powwow, scheduled to occur on Friday, August 9th, has been canceled. This will affect Friday afternoon's session only. Friday evening's Grand Entry will be held at 7 PM." All other sessions scheduled through Sunday, August 11th will be held as planned with Grand Entry at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.


Traditional dances presented in authentic regalia will again greet visitors during the 105th annual Meskwaki Powwow on the Settlement west of Tama beginning tomorrow - Thursday, Aug. 8 and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 11.

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Meskwaki traditional dancer Romeo Buffalo takes part in the Pipe Dance during the 2018 Powwow on the Settlement west of Tama. Authentic Native American dancing will be featured both afternoon and evenings Thursday, Aug. 8- Sunday Aug. 11 at the Powwow Grounds on the Meskwaki Settlement west of Tama.
Chronicle file/John Speer

Everyone is invited to witness Native American singers and dancers perform at 1 and 7 p.m. daily (except the noted cancellation of the Friday afternoon session) at the Powwow Grounds located on Tama County Road E49 (the Lincoln Highway route) three miles west of Tama.

There are arts and crafts, historical exhibits and food at the Powwow as well. Special days include Thursday- Children's Day, Friday- Senior Citizens Day, Saturday- Veterans Day and Sunday- Special Events Day.

This year, several presidential candidates have already scheduled or are tentatively working on their attendance according to the Tama Co. Democrats. They include Former Maryland U.S. Rep. John Delaney planning to be there on Thursday night, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, former Texas U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke at noon and U.S. Senator Cory Booker at 8 p.m. on Saturday.



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