Thousands are in Naperville this weekend to celebrate Native American culture during the annual Harvest Pow Wow at Naper Settlement.

The event is sponsored by the Midwest Soarring Foundation. Special Events Coordinator for the Soarring Foundation Janet Sevilla said she hopes this year will set a record attendance number.

“We have a large number of attractions, native food vendors, children’s games and crafts and performances that we think will appeal to families throughout the weekend,” Sevilla said. “The whole purpose of the pow wow is to educate the public about this part of American culture and share it.”

Many of the attractions from previous years were featured once again including an arrowhead making demonstration, Native American drumming and dancing, and the popular dog sledding demonstration. Sevilla said a highlight this year was the appearance by two-time Grammy Award winner Robert Mirabal, a flautist and also a novel writer, who performed Saturday at 5 p.m.

A special VIP reception for Mirabal was held earlier Saturday afternoon.

Joseph Standing Bear, founder and president of the Midwest Soarring Foundation, seemed pleased with the turnout Saturday afternoon as well as the mild sunshine and slightly cool temperatures.

“The weather is perfect for dancing,” he said with a smile. “The ‘Hoop Dance’ team performed very well today, and it’s great for people to come out and show their talents.”

He also spoke about the “spiritual” state of his people and proclaimed they were ‘healing.”


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