BARAGA - Kenny Gallegos and his father have been spending the summer traveling all over the United States to various pow wows, and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community's Maawanji'iding is one of his favorites.
Gallegos, who is of the San Juan Pueblo Nation in Albuquerque, N.M., said Sunday before the Grand Entry at the KBIC campground, his father spends every summer traveling to various pow wows.
"My dad has been on the pow wow trail for 40 years," he said.
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One of the participants in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Maawanji’iding, or pow wow, enthusiastically dances during the Grand Entry Sunday. According to Tracey Emery, pow wow chair, the event was well-attended this year by participants and spectators.
He and his father were at the KBIC pow wow selling his mother's pottery, Gallegos said.
Gallegos said he's been to much larger pow wows where it takes two or more hours for the grand entry, but he enjoys the atmosphere of the KBIC event despite its smaller size.
Tracey Emery, KBIC pow wow chair, said attendance at the pow wow this year for both spectators and participants was good.
"We have a lot more dancers registered," she said.
There were 21 drum circles registered, also, Emery said.
"That's more than usual," she said.
Most years, Emery said 18 or 19 drum circles participate.
The fry bread competition this year was good, Emery said, and sales of various items during the event went well.
"Our sales were really up," she said.
Emery said one reason for the increase in attendance was the fact there were ceremonies honoring two KBIC members who died in combat; Lance Cpl. Terrance Alan Picciano, who died in Vietnam, and Spc. Robert L. Voakes, who died in Afghanistan.
"That brought in a lot of bikers," she said.
Gallegos said he was particularly impressed with the KBIC pow wow venue.
"The grounds are the best grounds we've been at," he said.