SPOKANE, Wash.-- Organizers brought back the Riverfront Park Powwow Saturday.
The Spokane Falls Northwest Indian Encampment and Powwow has been threatened by lack of funds in recent years, which event forced the cancellation of last year’s event.
Organizers worked the last few months to raise enough money to bring it back to Spokane. They said they were determined to hold the powwow this year, no matter what.
Spokane Mayor David Condon and Police Chief Frank Straub were on hand for the event as well.
According to the event’s Facebook page,
“The history of this event and the significance of gathering at the Spokane River goes (sic) back generations. It has been a sacred tradition for many of the tribes around the Northwest to gather at the river because it gives life, love, hope, and a sense of revitalization. During past years, the Spokane Riverfront powwow has become a tradition for people of all nations to gather and celebrate those gifts the river provides, and to create or renew friendships. Dancers and singers, young and old, come from both near and far to showcase their songs and their dance styles for our community. It is a unique cultural gathering. Last year, this event did not take place and the community at large felt its loss. This year, community members have re-dedicated themselves to the event's true purpose to ensure that this celebration comes back to fruition.”