Powwow returns to Denver for 44th year

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The Southern Ute Veterans Association helped bring in the flags for the 44th annual Denver March Powwow, (l-r) Austin Box, Bruce LeClaire, and Rudly Weaver. The Powwow honors men and women who served in the armed forces. Held annually at the Denver Coliseum, this is Colorado’s largest powwow, drawing dancers from across Indian Country for the three day event.
Southern Ute Royalty for 2017-2018 stand together at the Denver March Powwow, each of the representatives travel to cultural events with their families on behalf of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.
Women Warriors bring in the flags as part of the color guard honoring those who served in the armed forces.
Jim Red Eagle, Rapids City, S.D. and Tommy Draper, Kirtland, N.M. catch up on the powwow circuit — both long time dancers are well known in their respective dance styles.
Southern Ute Royalty, Tauri Rains and Autumn Sage make their way into the arena alongside other cultural delegates and royalty from across Indian Country.
Nina Lopez simgs alongside her father Reggie Lopez on the Catching Eagle Drum from Towaoc, Colo.
A regular at the Denver March Powwow, Southern Ute Kenny Frost makes the rounds ahead of Grand Entry.
Southern Ute elder and Air Force veteran, Austin Box shakes hands with members of the all-women’s color guard representing themselves at the 44th annual Denver March Powwow.
Powwow season kicks of in Denver, Colo. with this weekend's Denver March Powwow held at the historic Denver Coliseum. Traditional dancer, Tino Trujillo of Pueblo, Colo., stands for a portrait outside of the coliseum ahead of the Grand Entry ceremonies.
In the spotlight for the honor song and flag song, head dancers lead the way for Grand Entry at the 44th annual Denver March Powwow.
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
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The 44th annual Denver March Powwow brought non-stop powwow action to the Denver Coliseum from Friday, March 23 — Sunday, March 25. Honoring Veterans, elders, and tribal royalty from across the United States and Canada, the powwow drew in thousands of spectators. Dancers and drum groups reached their peak numbers on Saturday evening as the Mile High City celebrated forty-four years of powwow and cultural celebration.

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