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UPDATE: Powwow canceled after death

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TAMA (KWWL) -

This morning, the Meskwaki Nation said it is canceling the rest of its powwow after a death in the community.

The annual event started yesterday. This year marked the 102nd event. The powwow is a way for the Meskwaki culture to be shared with the rest of the community.

No more information has been released.

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The annual Meskwaki Powwow started today on the tribe's sacred grounds.

This event, happening in Tama, originated decades ago from beliefs of the Meskwaki Tribe. Today, it's a way to share the Meskwaki culture with the community.

This is the 102nd powwow the Meskwaki Tribe has held for the public, but they've been dancing and celebrating their culture since they settled in Iowa hundreds of years before.

One Meskwaki Tribe member says, she is always happy dancing. Something many Meskwaki Tribe members love to dance.

"That's how I know I am native," said Sophia Snow, 11-year-old Meskwaki Tribe member.

Sophia performs her native dances while thinking about lost Meskwaki Tribe members.

"I think about the people who passed before me and how they would dance and how they would feel out there in the arena," said Sophia.

Sophia dances in an arena that is part of the first bit of land the Meskwaki Tribe bought in 1857.

"This was actually was part of the first 80 acres and to us this land, right here that we are going to be dancing on for the weekend is really sacred," said Stephanie Snow, Meskwaki Tribe member.

Members of the tribe dance to honor their veterans, honor their crops and most of all, honor themselves and their culture.

"There are very few Native American people in this country, we make 0.8 percent of the total U.S. population, that's not even one percent of the total U.S. population, so to put that into perspective, it really is special that we are able to continue to do these kinds of things and that our culture has survived," said Stephanie.

The tribe is hopeful this powwow will show Iowans the Meskwaki culture and language is still alive.

The Meskwaki Powwow will continue through Sunday. For more information on the powwow visit http://meskwakipowwow.com.

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