First People's Pow Wow and Dance

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Following the Rodeo Parade, the First People's Pow Wow took place with an extra special ceremony before the Grand Entry. Sheridan Media's Judy Hagerott was there and brings us this story.

Immediately following the Sheridan WYO Rodeo Parade, the First People's Pow Wow was held at the historic Sheridan Inn. Hundreds of Native Americans performed and exhibited their traditional regalia and dancing.

A mini-version of the regular pow wows held within the communities of the Crow Nation, Dr. Lanny Real Bird says a pow wow is similar to a family reunion.

There is a special significance to the regalia the Native Americans wear.

Before the Grand Entry began, a special ceremony took place for Bob and Dana Townsend, the owners of the Inn. Their first grandchild was given a Crow name by native elder Truman Rides Good.

Two month-old Wyatt William Armontrout's native name is now “Buffalo That Watches Over Everyone.”

For Grandfather Bob Townsend, it's all about building bridges.

The Townsends in return, made three promises to Rides Good and the Crow Nation.

Ross Armontrout, Wyatt's dad, says little “Buffalo That Watches Over Everyone,” has quite a name to grow into.

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