The Seminole Tribal Fair and Pow Wow

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Savannah Devericks, Staff Writer

For the second year in a row I had the opportunity to attend the annual Seminole Tribal Fair and Pow Wow in Broward County. This year’s Pow Wow, the 46th annual, was like nothing else I had ever seen in my life. Tribes from all across the nation came to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Fort Lauderdale to compete in tribal dances. The dancers dressed up in beautifully-colored and intricate outfits. It was a beautiful and one of a kind experience.

When we arrived at the Hard Rock, we headed first into the concert hall to see if any dancing had started. We showed up right as the dinner break was starting, so we headed outside to see all of the shopping and food available. As soon as I saw the fry bread stand I ran over and got in line. Fry bread is a delicious Seminole traditional food. It’s a lot like an elephant ears at a county fair, but fried bread is savory, not sweet. I tried it for the first time at last year’s Pow Wow and I was hooked. Fry bread can be eaten with fruits and powdered sugar, but I just like it the way it comes.

After stuffing my face with fry bread, we head back and waited of the Grand Entry to start. The Grand Entry is the official opening of the Pow Wow. I was mesmerized by the hundreds of Native Americans that made their way into the arena. It was a beautiful experience that really made me further appreciate Native American Culture. The three-day event features dances from each of the tribes. They compete for prizes and national recognition. The event is free and open to the public. If you can make it next year, I highly recommend it.

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