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Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 2:22 pm | Updated: 1:39 am, Mon Nov 7, 2011.

Hundreds of dancers from dozens of Native American tribes will perform this weekend in a Mesa park, and everyone is invited to watch their impressive routines for free.

The Roy Track Memorial Mesa Pow Wow — a local tradition for 28 years now — features men, women, boys and girls from across Arizona and the Western United States, performing social and competitive dances in finely crafted traditional garments.

Organizers say it’s the East Valley’s longest running annual intertribal celebration.

Cameras are welcome, but take cues from the powwow’s emcee; he’ll let you know when it’s OK to shoot and when you should put the camera away.

The event also features arts and craft vendors and Native American food booths. Mesa-based Clan/destine, a Native American Music Award winner, kicks things off Friday with a free concert.

 

DETAILS >> Concert is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. Powwow is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Pioneer Park, 525 E. Main St., Mesa. Free. Bring a folding chair for your comfort. (602) 799-0260 or www.srpmic-nsn.gov/community/2011/10/07/6207.asp

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6818 or azajac@evtrib.com

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