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Sierra Mono Museum Readies For Indian Days And Pow Wow

NORTH FORK – With Princess and Brave contestant applications, a handful of fundraisers, an open house and more all leading up to Indian Fair Days and Pow Wow, there’s plenty going on at the Sierra Mono Museum.

This year, the Pow Wow will be one day only, Saturday, Aug. 2, with a series of supportive events leading up to the big day.

Organizers on the 2014 Pow Wow committee say the Sierra Mono Museum needs community support to keep the annual Pow Wow alive.

“This is a community event that promotes and instills pride in our Native and non-native families,” say organizers. “Our Pow Wow gives our younger generations a chance to dance and celebrate our rich traditional history and culture. When we began the Pow Wow and Fair Days in 1971, it started as a fundraiser. Over the years we has become more difficult to sponsor alone. Master of Ceremonies Frankie Williams is donating his time this year.”

The non-profit organization is seeking assistance in the form of sponsorship of individual competitive dances, and by the community’s participation in some fun family fare before then.

Rummage SaleNow is the time to submit applications for Indian Fair Days and Pow Wow Princess and Braves, ages 2-17. Organizers have put out a call for contestants and wish to remind potential participants that contestants receive 15% of their total ticket sales as incentive. Applications are available from the Museum and will be accepted at the Museum on Saturday, Apr. 12 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Also on Saturday, Apr. 12, the Museum fundraising committee is holding a Rummage Sale and Waffle Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will feature new and used goods, crafts and more. The cost for a waffle and sausage breakfast is $6 per person.

Anyone interested in reserving a space to sell items can contact Stephanie at (559) 877-2115. Donations of old and new treasures are appreciated and can be dropped off at the Museum on Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The general public is invited to attend, enjoy some delicious food and do a little shopping at the same time.

Open HouseOn Saturday, May 31, Sierra Mono Museum is holding an Open House meet and greet, from 12 – 3 p.m. at the Museum. The event will feature a display by the North Fork History Group and “The Mono” newspaper.

For more information, contact monomuseum@gmail.com or call (559) 877-2115.

Anyone wishing to sponsor competitive dancing at Pow Wow on Aug. 2 can review the following opportunities. The deadline for sponsorship is June 30. All sponsors will be promoted on the Pow Wow t-shirt.

Men’s Traditional – $200
Men’s Fancy and Grass – $200
Women’s Traditional – $200
Women’s Fancy and Jingle – $200
Teen Boy Traditional – $150
Teen Boy Fancy and Grass – $150
Teen Girl Traditional – $150
Teen Girl Fancy and Jingle – $150
Jr. Boy Traditional – $100
Jr. Boy Fancy and Grass – $100
Jr. Girl Traditional – $100
Jr. Girl Fancy and Jingle – $100

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