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August 21, 2013 (Pala) -- The Pala Band of Mission Indians will hold its sixth annual “Honoring Traditions” Powwow August 23-25 at the Pala Rey Youth Camp, 10779 Highway 76, Pala. The Grand Entry will take place 8 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. This event is free and open to the public.

Activities include powwow dance contests, bird singing, an exhibition of “shinny” - a traditional Native American ball game, a homemade bow and arrow contest and a peon tournament. All ages are welcome to participate and the prizes range from $50 to $1,000. Eight invited performers will also compete in a drum contest for a grand prize of $12,000.

A special event honoring the memory of late father Saunders Bears Tail will be sponsored by Headman Jazz Bears Tail and his family.

There will be a variety of food vendors, including traditional fry bread and Indian tacos. Native American arts and crafts vendors will have booths as well.

“The Pala Band of Mission Indians is excited for the opportunity to honor the traditions of our culture while connecting with the public,” said Robert Smith, Chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians. “There will be something for everyone over the three days of the event. Representatives from tribes all over the country will be here, so we hope people can have a fun day while learning something about the history of the Pala Band, the region and all of the tribes that are attending.”

For more information go to www.palatribe.com

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