Team Zine, Knoxzine’s unique tribe of volunteers, participated in its third event at the Spirit of Nations American Indian Powwow & Heritage Festival.
This year’s powwow commemorated The Warriror Tradition with an unexpectedly moving tribute to active-duty military personnel and veterans.
Team Zine wants to come back next year!
“I had no idea how exciting and beautiful the event would be. Native Americans in their gorgeous powwow regalia is a treat all Americans should see. The military veterans’ ceremony brought tears.” – Diana
“This is my favorite event of the year.” – Greg Mackay, Director of Public Assembly Facilities for The City of Knoxville
“I like white people. I’ve learned a lot from white people.” – Jonathan Feather, Emcee
“I loved the event. Madeline met Alisha Elwin Starbird and Jonathon Dave Feather. They both want Madeline to learn Native American Dancing after seeing her dance today.” – Gregg
“This boy (above) was an amazing dancer. He will be one to watch in the future. Everyone is so beautiful.” – Judy
“That was the best tribute to veterans – ever! The children are all so cute I’m having baby pangs for the first time in my life.” – Debra
Other events included authentic crafts, silent auction, blowgun contest, live flute music, storytelling, and fry bread. The Spirit of Nations Powwow is hosted by Indian Creek Productions, “a non-profit educational organization devoted to the teaching of American Indian topics in settings as diverse as an elementary classroom, a pre-service teacher class, a historic site, a social studies conference, or around a small campfire with a scout group.”