September 28, 2009 –
MAYETTA: The We-Ta-Se American Legion Post 410 celebrated 20 years as a Native American veterans group at their 12th Annual Veterans Pow-wow held last Saturday.
The day began with a Native Pride Parade at the Park sponsored by
the Gen S Youth Group.
Parade getting started.
Welcome float with members of the Boys & Girls Club
Land Management bison float
Youth baseball team
Language class children
Smokey the Bear
At the Pow-wow
Left, Benny Potts, and right, Steve Ortiz who were the honored veterans at this year’s pow-wow. Both men served in the Marines during the Vietnam war.
Hannah Wahwassuck was crowned the new We-Ta-Se princess.
We-Ta-Se Color Guard during first grand entry.
We-Ta-Se womens auxillary members
Watching the pow-wow from one of the vendor booths.
Young woman dancer
Young male dancer
Pen-was youth drum group
Hannah Wahwassuck, left, with Sierra Pahmahmie. Sierra is the outgoing princess.
Watching the pow-wow from the arena stage.
Chago Hale, sitting,was emcee for the pow-wow and Roger Lewis was the arena director.
Left to right: We-Ta-Se members Steve Ortiz, Ralph Tecumseh, Benny Potts
and Tim Ramirez.
Visitors from Thurman, Iowa with Jim (far right standing) and Patty Potter (far right sitting).
Evening grand entry
Little Soldier Singers
Left to right: Sierra Pahmahmie, Jim Potts, Steve Ortiz, Benny Potts and Frank Shopteese during the Veterans Special dance.
A dancer during the pow-wow.
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