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Festival focus: history, heritage
The Seventh Annual Whispering Wolf Native American Festival was Sunday in Windsor Twp.
By TERESA McMINN
For the Daily Record/Sunday News
Article Launched: 05/14/2007 06:14:03 AM EDT
May 14, 2007 — More than six thousand beads, three years and a lot of help from his family. That's what went into the ornate American Indian-inspired regalia that Michael Rudy Jr. wore Sunday.
Michael, 17, and other members of Native American Dance Crew 683, which meets in Dillsburg, performed at the Seventh Annual Whispering Wolf Native American Festival in Windsor Township.
The crew is a division of Boy Scouts but is open to boys and girls ages 14 to 21. In addition to powwows, the group performs at schools and other events.
"It's to educate on the Native American culture," Michael's father, Penn Township resident Michael Rudy Sr., said. Rudy is an associate adviser for the dance crew.
The powwow, which focused on Lenape culture, featured about 15 vendors who sold handmade crafts, including cat toys made from alpaca hair, key chains made of rattlesnake heads, colorful glass beads, dream catchers and ceramics.
Drummers and dancers also performed. Jessica Carson, 9, danced wearing a purple shawl she and her mother, Reading resident Kim Hawley, had made. Each stitch in the garment and every step of the dance represents a prayer, Hawley said.
"By the time she was running at 9 months, she was
Jessica said she feels like she is floating and flying while she dances.
"The dance is to resemble butterflies going from flower to flower," Jessica said.
Lancaster County resident Sherry Chamberlin, who owns "The Ceramic Addict" and sold figurines at the powwow, said the two-day event was well attended. She and her daughter, Kyrie Chamberlin, 19, started visiting powwows several years ago after studying their American Indian heritage.
"It's become a family thing," Sherry Chamberlin said.