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'Everyone is welcome': What to know about attending a powwow

CASS LAKE, Minn. – The regalia worn by Day-Bway-Wii-Da-Moog was passed down from his father, vibrant blue and yellow even after 40 years, affixed with plumes of feathers and intricately beaded butterflies.

The 58-year-old Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe citizen attends only the Cass Lake powwow each year on the Leech Lake Reservation, about 865,000 acres that sprawl into four counties in north-central Minnesota.

He goes to nurture a connection to his late father.

"We argued quite a bit, but this was one thing we could agree on," he said.

Day-Bway-Wii-Da-Moog was one of hundreds dancing to powerful drumbeats and song at the Leech Lake powwow over the weekend - a three-day event that began Friday night with the grand entrance of more than 200 dancers at the Veterans Memorial powwow grounds.


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