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Dancers celebrate with community at Redding Rancheria's Stillwater Pow Wow

The annual event provides a popular community meeting place for local indigenous people. In 2020 the Pow Wow was canceled but came back in 2021.

Posted: Oct 3, 2021 1:56 PM
Updated: Oct 4, 2021 8:52 AM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - The Redding Rancheria hosted the 29th annual Stillwater Pow Wow on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on their own land for only the third time. Tribal leaders said on Saturday that they are working on establishing permanent dance grounds on their tribal lands in the future.

Action News Now reporter Ryan Kanne said native people representing tribes from across the U.S. and Canada gathered on the outskirts of Redding at the Win-River Casino property to dance, to meet with each other, and to buy and sell jewelry, clothing, and food.

Many of the participants had not seen each other in a very long time, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The dancers compete at the event in children and adult categories. Drummers and lead dancers represent visiting participants from tribes outside of the area.

The regional event is a popular one, often held in the past on the Redding Civic Auditorium grounds. The 2020 event was postponed due to the pandemic.

Tribal members told Action News Now that they are really glad to see people back at Pow Wow.

Tribal Chair Jack Potter Jr. compared the Pow Wow to a community newspaper.

"You can see old friends and talk and chat up with them, and find out how their family is doing," he said.

He explained that the dance/community events are a great way for tribal people to connect.

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