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03/14/05

Native American Culture Celebrated at Annual Pow-Wow

As Saint Patrick's Day approaches, it's not just the Irish celebrating their heritage. Several Native American tribes called Hardeeville, South Carolina home in centuries past. This weekend, that important part of the city's history came back for the sixth annual Pow-Wow celebration.

As soon as you entered millstone landing, you were taken back into a world that existed hundreds of years ago.

"It just helps us express our culture, that's what pow-wows are all about," said 19-year-old Travis Lovett.

He came all the way from Kentucky to celebrate his culture. "As you know, Native Americans are a dying race," he said.

Travis is a Cherokee, and his elders have nicknamed him Thunder. "If you think of the sound of thunder, it's really hard, and when I dance, it's really hard like the sound of thunder," he said.

With artifacts everywhere as well as colorful costumes, the event attracts hundreds of Native Americans from the Southeast.

"Pow-wow is a celebration of a culture," explained Mike Benton. "Part of it is to share with the community, but share within the culture, share with other tribes."

And it's that sharing which these Native Americans say keeps them coming back every year to share their culture with future generations.

The annual pow-wow lasted all weekend. Pow-wow is the Native American way of saying gathering or celebration.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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