TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Song and dance kicked off this year's Traditional Intertribal Pow Wow at Lake Shawnee.
It is the 24th year that the Shawnee County Allied Tribes put together the weekend long event to promote the tradition rich heritage of Native Americans to the surrounding community.
From cultural sessions to ancient gourd dancing that dates back hundreds of years, attendees honored Native American culture.
"It lightens my heart and makes me feel good. I get to see family and friends all at one place."
"Another name for Pow Wow is gathering. It's like one big family reunion. You have to think that we are all related and so you want to come together in celebration."
Events continue Saturday and Sunday around noon until 10 p.m. You can purchase a button for admittance at the gate for $8 or get one in advance at any Topeka Dillons for just $6.