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Just as the sun began to fade behind the trees Friday night, Ricky Burnette walked around the Coharie Tribe’s arena and offered a blessing upon the grounds before the start of an annual tradition.
The 48th Coharie Cultural Pow Wow was held Friday and Saturday, bringing in crowds from all across the state. Guests were treated to traditional Native American dancing, drumming, crafts, food and more.
The annual event is one of the many ways the Coharie people keep the ways of their ancestors alive and instill the cultural traditions in the future generations. Tribes from across the state, from the Haliwa-Saponi of Hollister to the Wacamaw Siuoan of Whiteville, come together and celebrate heritage during the two-day festival.
Young and old, donned in their traditional garb, dancers took part in Native American dancing competitions. The smell of Indian fry bread waft through the air, as Dennis and Vickie Newton stood making the traditional food from scratch.
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