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Cultural holiday

By By Lisa Tindell
Sunny skies and cool temperatures kept thousands of visitors at the 39th Poarch Band of Creek Indians Pow Wow comfortable Thursday and Friday.
Events Thursday were highlighted by the crowning of the Indian Princesses in three categories. Taking the title in the elementary division was Katelyn Lexi Daughtry who is the daughter of Crystal and Trenton Daughtry. Taking the princess title in the junior division was Breiah C. Adams, daughter of Marissa and David Adams.
Cortney S. Morris, daughter of Tina and David Morris took the title in the senior princess division.
The three newly crowned princesses led the opening procession Friday leading up to the Intertribal Dance competition.
Along with winning coveted title during the event, dance and drum competitors took home more than $20,000 in cash prizes at the close of the two-day event.
Poarch Creek Tribal Chairman Buford Rolin welcomed family, friends and visitors to the event that began 39 years ago.
Following opening ceremonies, dancers began to take the mound to perform routines learned in an effort to keep Native American culture alive.
The Pow Wow Club also performed to show off the lessons they learn in the group on a weekly basis. Included in their presentation were dances and songs learned in the Creek language.
Competitions continued throughout the afternoon with a variety of other activities presented to entertain the crowd gathered.
Vendors offered a variety of item including many Native American crafts and artifacts.
The Calvin McGhee Cultural Management Authority joined the Poarch Creek Seniors in a raffle with $6,000 in cash and additional prizes given away at the event.
Organizers say plans for the 40th anniversary of the event are already under way.