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Healing through heritage: Hundreds gather for 17th annual Niimi'idiwin in Bemidji


Marcus Greatshield, right, joins in the grand entry dance as part of the 17th Annual Niimi'idiwin on Thursday, June 23, 2022, on the Sanford Bemidji campus. Annalise Braught / Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI - With the pounding rhythm of drums contrasting the gentle, metallic rustle of jingle dresses, a palpable air of excitement could be felt as the 17th Annual Niimi'idiwin began on Thursday.

Formerly known as the Sanford Healing Powwow, the celebration returned in full force on Thursday, June 23, after two years of absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Addressing a crowd of hundreds sheltering from the hot sun underneath a series of tents just southwest of Bemidji's Sanford Medical Center, Susan Jarvis, the president and CEO of Sanford Bemidji, welcomed everyone to an event that has become a fixture of the summer powwow season in northern Minnesota.


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