UWS First Nations' tradition celebrates life, culture at Wessman Arena

By KBJR News 1

April 19, 2014 Updated Apr 19, 2014 at 7:07 PM CDT

An enduring UWS tradition is celebrating its 25th year as the annual Circle of Native Nations pow wow got underway at Wessman Arena in Superior Saturday.

Dozens of dancers in traditional garb took to the arena floor Saturday in a celebration of life, lead by the drumming of the "Little Horse Drum Group."

At 5 PM festivities broke for a feast with festivities continuing afterwards into the night.

The event was open to the public and people of all backgrounds were encouraged to come participate in the celebration and experience First Nation culture.

"This is who we truly are. You see us welcoming people of all nationalities here, celebrating life," said UWS First Nations Center director Gary Johnson. "That circle represents the circle of life. The drum is the heartbeat of the nation and when that drum starts it's calling everybody to join into that celebration of life."

Al Skomars