One Nation Walking Together's Executive Director, Kathy Turzi and ONWT's Powwow Committee Chair,
Al Walter, as they talk about One Nation's upcoming Powwow with Cumulus Colorado Pulse!
One Nation event celebrates Native American culture in Colorado Springs, KRDO Channel 13 News:
Thousands came out today for the annual one nation powwow event in Colorado Springs to celebrate Native American culture.
The event was held at Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center and the intertribal celebration brought out bright colors and big hearts.
Al Walter and his wife Rehtta started the annual intertribal powow event 9 years ago, and for the last 5 have partnered with One Nation Walking Together.
"One nation walking together is a local charity that helps provide goods and services, things for daily living to the poorest of the poor on local reservations," Al Walter said.
"The money that we raise will help support the shipments that we send to the various communities," said One Nation Executive Director Kathy Turzi. "We don’t need to go to Haiti or Africa to see third-world conditions--they’re still here in our own country."
The powwow is a chance to both show off, pay tribute, and teach people about a culture that’s as beautiful as it is complicated.
"Personally, I find it very intriguing because people are always asking questions about our culture," said Sunshine Sweetwater, a native of Navajo and osage heritage. "And instead of explaining it to them, it’s good for them to experience it one of one with us where they can ask questions and see it in person.
Roughly 28,000 people of Native American heritage call Colorado Springs home. But organizers of this annual event say its importance is just as relevant to non-natives to be able to learn about and appreciate the rich traditions and history of native culture.
June 2017, King’s Living Magazine: “The first thing you hear is the beating of the drums. Some believe the beating of Native drums represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth. Others get caught up in the primitive sound that seems to penetrate your soul. Next you become aware of the high-pitched singing that follows the rhythm of the drum beats. You close your eyes and for a moment you are transported back hundreds of years to a time when the ancestors of these drummers played the same drum beats and sang the same songs in their lodges and villages.”
June 2017, King’s Living Magazine: “You quickly realize the moving colors are part of the different regalia worn by the representatives of the many Native tribes that make up the local Native Community. You take in the scene – Native dancers in colorful regalia dancing together in the style and to the music that their ancestors danced to for hundreds of years.”
June 13, 2017, Powwow Volunteer: “Wow you really put the "WOW" in Powwow!!!! That was amazing! "
"Just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed myself last Saturday from the beginning to the end. The whole day filled my senses, the drumming, the jingles, the singing, the regalia, the smiling faces, the smells of food and blessings, the kind words.”
June 2017, King’s Living Magazine: “You experienced your first powwow – an event that mirrors the traditional way Native Americans have interacted socially and celebrated important events for generations. You had no idea these people existed or were part of the Colorado Springs community. You have a new found appreciation for another culture and their traditions.”