Hundreds of people got together behind the Carlson Center in Fairbanks Friday in a spiritual gathering of all tribes.
American Indians, the First Nations People of Canada and Alaska Natives shared their cultures and differences in a circle of unity during the powwow.
Anyone can participate as long as you are alcohol and drug free.
This year’s powwow was dedicated to Bob Maguire, a man who helped start the powwow in 2000. He passed away last year from a heart attack.
“I can feel his spirit is still around, and I try to look forward to each day and remember the 43 years we had together,” said Cora Maguire, Bob’s wife. She was presented with an eagle feather as powwow organizers asked for her permission to honor her husband this year.
Maguire was the drum-keeper of the Soaring Eagles Drum Group, the host for this year’s gathering.
“The drum represents your heartbeat and you’ll find that when you’re dancing to the drum, you’ll feel it. It’s a natural movement,” said Mike Green, the set-up chairman of the powwow.
The powwow will take place through the weekend. It will end Sunday night.