Over the Labor Day weekend, a traditional Native American event was held in Rock Island complete with music, entertainment and cultural experiences.
On Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, 2013 the 73rd Annual Labor Day Weekend Pow Wow was held at Black Hawk Park, now Black Hawk State Historic Site.
The Pow Wow was open to the public, offering a cultural, traditional and educational experience to all who came. There was singing, drumming, and traditional dancing, according to a spokesperson from the Native American Coalition of the Quad Cities (NACQC). Vendors were at the event selling Native American crafts and food.
“This is like a living history,” said president of the NACQC, Regina Tsosie. “You don’t get this in history books, you know. You come here, you can share it, you can breathe it, you can smell it, you can see it. It’s just a great experience.”
Tsosie said the Pow Wow acts as a homecoming for all native people to come back to their homeland and celebrate the traditions.
“It’s a way to share the culture, our culture, with the community,” Tsosie said.
Tsosie said people who have been coming to the event over the last 70-plus years are now coming back and bringing their children and grandchildren. She said the hope of the NACQC is that the younger generation will keep the Pow Wow going year after year.