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Redding Rancheria’s Stillwater Pow Wow

Story and photos by Michael Burke

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The Redding Rancheria held its 2008 annual Stillwater Pow Wow at the Shasta District Fairgrounds in Anderson recently. The Stillwater Pow Wow is a community gathering that showcases traditional north state American Indian dancing, drumming, food and jewelry in a cultural atmosphere open to all families — an event free of alcohol, drugs and smoking.

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Each night began with a grand entry by the Hu’ Puus Witam, the all-Native American color guard, followed by greetings from local dignitaries. After the grand entrance were such competitions such as drumming, dancing and competitions for Miss, Jr. Miss and Little Miss Stillwater. There was also specialty dancing that showcased hoop, Tolowa, California Feather and the Yurok.

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By Michael Burke of Redding, photographer and former newspaper photojournalist. See more of Burke’s work at www.burkephotography.biz.

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Michael Burke

of Redding is a photographer and former newspaper photojournalist who has been seeing the North State through his camera lens since 1988. He specializes in commercial photography, editorial and North State stock photos. He is also available for senior portraits, family portraits, head shots, wedding and all types of photography. See his stock images and samples of his work at www.burkephotography.biz.

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