Experience Native-American culture at annual Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow in Columbia City

You can learn more about Native-American culture during the learn more about Native-American culture during the annual Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow Aug. 10-12 in Morsches Park on Indiana 205 in Columbia City. (Courtesy photo)

The public is invited to experience and learn more about Native-American culture during the 23rd annual Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow Aug. 10-12 in Morsches Park on Indiana 205 in Columbia City.

The pow wow, which focuses on the theme “Honoring Mother Earth,” is organized by area members of the Miami tribe.

Admission to the pow wow is a freewill donation Aug. 10; cost is $4 for adults and free for children ages 11 and younger Aug. 11-12. People also can buy a weekend pass for $6 to attend both Aug. 11-12. Parking is free.

Here are highlights from each day:

Aug. 10:

• Adam Strack and Mike Mowry will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Admission is a freewill donation.

• Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation Center will be in the family tent from 6 to 8 p.m. with educational demonstrations with birds of prey.

Aug. 11:

• The pow wow is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

• Dancers in their Native-American regalia will make a grand entry to the arena at 1 and 6:30 p.m. When the announcer says it’s OK, people in the audience are invited to get up and dance in the arena with the dancers.

• Soarin’ Hawk will provide educational programs on raptors from 10 a.m. to noon.

• Adam Strack will perform music at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Aug. 12:

• The pow wow is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Dancers will make their grand entry at noon.

• Children’s activities will be offered 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the family tent, including face painting, rock painting, crafts and games.

• Adam Strack will perform at 11:30 a.m., if time permits.

• A benefit auction will take place at 10 a.m., with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund.

For information, call 1-260-486-8199, email comanche72@frontier.com or go to the pow wow website.

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