2012 S e p t e m b e r #3-8
Third Annual Montrose Powwow
Honors Veterans; Azteca Dancers Debut
On Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September
International Day of Peace.
23, the Montrose Indian Nations Pow wow returns
Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be
for a third year in a row, with new additions to the
as simple as lighting a candle at noon, or just sitting
program, including the Montrose based Azteca Danc-
in silent meditation. Or it can involve getting your
ers, celebrity tipis, and a special program honoring all
co-workers, organization, community or government
veterans for World Peace Day, which is the 21st.
engaged in a large event, like the Montrose pow wow.
The Montrose pow wow is a dance and drum contest
Special activities and celebrations will take place all
pow wow that brings dancers from 32 different tribes,
across the world over the 2012 Peace Day Weekend,
five states and Canada to Montrose to compete for
including festivals, concerts, a global Peace Wave
$26,000 in total prize money.
with moments of silence at noon in every time zone,
This year's Master of Ceremony is Dale Old Horn,
and much more. The impact of millions of people in
from the Crow Nation in Montana. Alex Shepherd,
all parts of the world, coming together for one day of
from the Cedar City, Utah Paiute Nation is the Arena
peace, is immense
Director and the Host Drum will be the popular War
The Montrose Indian Nations Pow wow is held at
Dance, from the Navajo Nation in Arizona.
the Montrose County Fairgrounds, inside Friendship
"Also joining this year's pow wow are the locally
Hall, 1001 N 2nd Street in Montrose. Admission is
popular Azteca Dancers, decendants of the Maya and
Adults $5.00 per day, Children $3.00, Under 6 free.
Aztec nations," said Roland McCook, Montrose Pow
Over 40 arts, crafts and food vendors will be set up
wow spokesman. "Involving the whole community is
providing authentic Native American gift items and
what this pow wow strives for and we are excited to
food. Dry camping is available on grounds with free
have the Azteca Dancers with us."
parking and RV parking nearby. NO drugs or alcohol
Said one of the flamboyantly outfitted dancers, who
gave her name only as Olympia, "I am from Guada-
A totally volunteer organization worked hundreds of
lajara, Mexico and joined the Azteca Dancers after
hours, along with help from sponsors Cherry Creek
seeing them in my church here in Montrose. I enjoy
Radio, USBank, DMEA and MACT, to bring this
doing this very much, I love to dance!"
event to the Montrose community. Stated pow wow
The Azteca Dancers will be sharing their dancing
coordinator, Kaye Smiley, "We do all of this to bring
talents during the dinner break on Saturday evening.
the Native American culture to intermingle with the
On Friday morning there will be a free children's
white culture, so that we may all honor each other and
education session open to all children, with a tipi from
respect different ways of life. A pow wow is a time for
the movie Dances with Wolves and the tipi that was
friends to reconnect with friends, make new friends
used in the premier of the movie Pocahontas and oth-
and to share the traditions of many generations. We
ers. Friday afternoon brings a very special Honor Our
invite one and all to come join us; it will be an experi-
a shared date. It was established by a United
Veterans program, honoring those who have served
ence you will not soon forget!"
Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with
and are serving, fighting for our freedom.
the opening of the General Assembly. The first  For more information or if you want to be a pow
The International Day of Peace, a.k.a. "World Peace
Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. In wow volunteer, send an e-mail to indiannationspw@
Day" provides an opportunity for individuals, organi- or contact Kaye Smiley at 970.921.7707,
2002 the General Assembly officially declared
zations and nations to create practical acts of peace on
September 21 as the permanent date for the
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