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#1 Jul-07-2019 07:27:am

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Powwow in Berks celebrates Native American culture

Saturday July 6, 2019 05:42 PM

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Powwow in Berks celebrates Native American culture

Festivals such as these are held all over North America, but regional ones have the feel of a family picnic because social traditions are emphasized as much as the traditional food, chanting and dance.

Written by Steven Henshaw

Leesport, PA —

If William Penn were still alive, he probably would have been proud to set foot on the Leesport Farmers Market grounds during this weekend's 16th annual Native American Festival & Powwow.

Penn's vision of what would become Pennsylvania was for Indians and Europeans to live side by side and share the resources of the woodland.

According to The Encylopedia of Greater Philadelphia, after Penn arrived in October 1682, he met with the Lenape in the riverside town of Shackamaxon (present-day Fishtown). Tradition has it that they exchanged promises of perpetual friendship beneath a majestic elm.

The Treaty of Shackamaxon was memorialized with a belt of wampum (a traditional shell bead) depicting two men joining hands. The beads form the image of two parallel roads. The Lenape purportedly presented it to Penn at the meeting.

“In the Woodlands, wampum is very important to us," said Barry Lee of Conestoga, Lancaster County.

“That agreement meant we're going to live side by side and we're still living side by side," he added.

Lee and his wife, Barbara, provide the sound and music for the traditional dances that take place within the large circle formed by vendor tents.

Lee also studies the history of culture of the Eastern Woodland, the blanket name for the Lenape and other tribes.

Festivals such as these are held all over North America, but regional ones have the feel of a family picnic because social traditions are emphasized as much as the traditional food, chanting and dance.

“A lot of history has happened, good and bad, much of it bad," Lee said Saturday. “But that's in the past. We can't change what happened in the past. We just have to recognize it happened, because recognizing the past helps us change tomorrow."

For wampum jewelry, Mark Tayac's tent was the place to be.

Tayac, a Native American traditional artist, said Indians have been broadly mischaracterized as relying on oral tradition to pass on their history to the next generation. But look closely at wampum belts and you'll see they document historical events. Lay the belts end on end and it's like turning pages of a history book, he said

Many Indian cultures are celebrated and represented at the festival.

At Katheleen Cook's tent, traditional Navajo cuisine, including fry bread, was served.

“Everything we have has got a green chili taste to it," said Cook, whose grandmother is full Navajo.

Cook met her husband, Darwin, at an Indian festival in New Mexico. About four years ago, her family settled in Fairfield, Adams County, near the Maryland line.

Katheleen serves fry bread tacos and other food as her son, Brandon Wyric, mans the adjacent tent selling his mother's hand-made traditional dreammakers adorned with peasant feathers, dyed chicken feathers and recycled fur.

The conclusion of the festival is on Sunday. Gates are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact Steven Henshaw: 610-371-5024 or shenshaw@readingeagle.com.

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#2 Jul-10-2019 11:34:am

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Re: Powwow in Berks celebrates Native American culture

Ah, Barry Lee formerly associated with the EDN

Looks legit neutral


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BY KENT JACKSON / PUBLISHED: JULY 17, 2016


The dancing stopped around a sacred circle as John Tamaqua spoke the opening words, first in Native Delaware and then in English, at the Inter-Tribal Native American Pow-wow in Drums on Saturday.

A veterans dance was part of the grand entry where Native dancers joined with men and women who served in the armed forces or police and fire departments.

Thank you for your service. Give us a chance to honor you this way, Barry Lee, the master of ceremonies, said while inviting veterans into the circle.

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Barry Lee, a Munsee Indian, and Barbara Christy, a Delaware Indian, will display replicas of two wampum belts as part of a spiritual service at 10 a.m. Sunday at  Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster, 538 W. Chestnut St.

Lee said the wampum belts are made of symbols that offer meaning regarding the treaties that were signed at the time.

One wampum belt he will display is a two-row agreement — a belt depicting Indians holding hands standing side by side.

“It shows that we can live side by side, Lee said. “It’s one we trust in today.

The laws are divided into 117 articles. The Iroquois Confederacy is symbolized by an eastern white pine tree, called the Tree of Peace.

Christine Brubaker, a worship associate at the church, attends Native American Circle Legacy monthly meetings.

Current Facebook for Lee and Christy aka Spiritwing : https://www.facebook.com/barrylee.barbarachristy

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#3 Jul-10-2019 12:06:pm

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Re: Powwow in Berks celebrates Native American culture

"For wampum jewelry, Mark Tayac's tent was the place to be.  Tayac, a Native American traditional artist, said Indians have been broadly mischaracterized as relying on oral tradition to pass on their history to the next generation. But look closely at wampum belts and you'll see they document historical events. Lay the belts end on end and it's like turning pages of a history book, he said."

Uh...  http://www.woodlandindians.org/forums/v … hp?id=5355   (Read the whole thread.)

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#4 Jul-10-2019 09:46:pm

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Re: Powwow in Berks celebrates Native American culture

Well isn't that interesting..... Erm

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#5 Jul-11-2019 10:22:am

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Re: Powwow in Berks celebrates Native American culture

I fixed my original post by adding a working link to it.   tongue

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