Memorial Day pow wow, drum competition planned

Native American drummers from all over will gather on Memorial Day weekend for a pow wow and drum competition with a special drum as a grand prize.

The competition marks the opening of weekend Native American art shows in Tusayan, between the Grand Hotel and McDonald's. Those shows are from sunup to sundown, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as on Memorial Day. Art show and pow wow organizer James Peshlakai invites the whole community to the festivities.

Already confirmed for Northern host drum are the Eagle River Singers from Mesquite, Nev., and the Arrowhead Singers from Tuba City as Southern host drum.

Drummers will compete in the following categories: junior boys and girls, adult women and men and senior women and men. There is also a tiny tots division, but this group will perform rather than compete.

"We are expecting a lot of contestants," said Peshlakai.

Admission is free, both on the weekend of the competition and throughout the summer. Visitors can browse works from various Native American traditions, watch dancers and enjoy regional favorites like Navajo tacos. For information, contact Peshlakai or his wife, Mae, at 928-856-0717.

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