Please help to bring back the Taos Pue­blo Pow Wow in 2019

The Taos News - - FAVOR Y CONTRA - By The Taos In­ter­faithIn­ter­cul­tural Al­liance The Taos In­ter­faithIn­ter­cul­tural Al­liance is a di­verse com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion with 130 mem­bers, two of whom are also mem­bers of the Taos Pue­blo Pow Wow Com­mit­tee. Con­tact Linda Yard­ley (taosian46@ hot­mail.com)

The Taos In­ter­faithIn­ter­cul­tural Al­liance is deeply sorry to learn of the can­cel­la­tion of the 2018 Taos Pue­blo Pow Wow. This an­nual event is an im­por­tant time of gath­er­ing for Na­tive peo­ple from all over the con­ti­nent. Mem­bers of Na­tive tribes through­out the coun­try have gath­ered in Taos for 32 years to com­pete in tra­di­tional dance com­pe­ti­tions and cel­e­brate cul­tural pride.

The Taos Al­liance thanks the pow­wow com­mit­tee for decades of won­der­ful pow­wows: for the drum­mers, the dancers in their tra­di­tional re­galia, for ven­dors from other New Mex­ico pue­b­los and tribes, and for the Na­tive vis­i­tors from many parts of this con­ti­nent.

Each year, vis­i­tors from around the world at­tend the pow­wow, and the can­cel­la­tion for 2018 means that fewer peo­ple can learn from its pageantry and beauty. Many busi­nesses in town will have less in­come, and the town will have less tax rev­enue to spend on much-needed town ser­vices.

We know that the se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment, com­plex or­ga­ni­za­tion and stag­ing of the pow­wow is de­mand­ing vol­un­teer work that takes deep ded­i­ca­tion and long weeks and months of plan­ning, work and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. We hope that Taos County, the town of Taos, busi­nesses and other or­ga­ni­za­tions will join us in ac­tively sup­port­ing next year’s pow­wow. In ad­di­tion to much-ap­pre­ci­ated fi­nan­cial sup­port, you can help pre­pare the grounds, as­sist with the Zero Waste Ini­tia­tive, spread the word about the event and in­vite oth­ers to at­tend.

We are a com­mu­nity of many cul­tures and faiths, and when there is an event that in­vites peo­ple to learn more about the cul­tures of Na­tive peo­ple, it is our com­mu­nity re­spon­si­bil­ity to be sup­port­ive with our time, en­ergy and cash do­na­tions. We in­vite you to join us in sup­port of the 2019 Taos Pue­blo Pow Wow.

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