Mixed blood pow wow in Dayton celebrates native American heritage

Posted June 18, 2013, at 6:11 a.m.
Dan Seymour, of Standish, and his son, Daniel, 11, pose in traditional Indian dress at the Metis of Maine annual pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton.
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Dan Seymour, of Standish, and his son, Daniel, 11, pose in traditional Indian dress at the Metis of Maine annual pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton. Buy Photo
Grand Chief Bob &quotSilver Eagle" Brawn, of Limerick, Maine, prepares for the grand entry in full regalia at the start of ceremonial dances, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton, Maine.
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Grand Chief Bob "Silver Eagle" Brawn, of Limerick, Maine, prepares for the grand entry in full regalia at the start of ceremonial dances, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton, Maine. Buy Photo
Tom &quotSeeks the Truth" Orazio, of Limerick, Maine, wears a wolf headdress before taking part in the Grand Entry at the METIS of Maine pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton, Maine.
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Tom "Seeks the Truth" Orazio, of Limerick, Maine, wears a wolf headdress before taking part in the Grand Entry at the METIS of Maine pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton, Maine. Buy Photo
Randy &quotThunder Fox" Waterman, of Cape Elizabeth, and his grandmother, Nora &quotQuiet Fox" Bachelder, of Acton, dance at the Metis of Maine annual pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton. Like many of the participants in the pow wow, the two dancers have Mic Mac ancestors.
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Randy "Thunder Fox" Waterman, of Cape Elizabeth, and his grandmother, Nora "Quiet Fox" Bachelder, of Acton, dance at the Metis of Maine annual pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton. Like many of the participants in the pow wow, the two dancers have Mic Mac ancestors. Buy Photo
Sage smoke is fanned over Rose Sirois, of South Portland, during a smudging ceremony at the Metis of Maine annual pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton. Smudging is a way to cleanse negative energies, spirits or influences.
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Sage smoke is fanned over Rose Sirois, of South Portland, during a smudging ceremony at the Metis of Maine annual pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton. Smudging is a way to cleanse negative energies, spirits or influences. Buy Photo
A dance is performed following a flag ceremony at the Metis of Maine annual pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton.
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A dance is performed following a flag ceremony at the Metis of Maine annual pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton. Buy Photo
Kenneth Little Hawk entertains at the Metis of Maine annual pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton, Maine. Little Hawk, of Whiting, N.J., has traveled the world sharing lessons of respect through his storytelling and music.
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Kenneth Little Hawk entertains at the Metis of Maine annual pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton, Maine. Little Hawk, of Whiting, N.J., has traveled the world sharing lessons of respect through his storytelling and music. Buy Photo
Dancers circle around Sky Elderkins during an intertribal dance at the Metis of Maine annual pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton.
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Dancers circle around Sky Elderkins during an intertribal dance at the Metis of Maine annual pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton. Buy Photo
Daniel  Seymour, 11, of Standish, prepares to catch a ball using a replica of an indian lacrosse stick, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton, Maine.
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Daniel Seymour, 11, of Standish, prepares to catch a ball using a replica of an indian lacrosse stick, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton, Maine. Buy Photo
Bird feathers tied help guide the path of an arrow demonstrated by Daniel Seymour at the METIS pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton, Maine.
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Bird feathers tied help guide the path of an arrow demonstrated by Daniel Seymour at the METIS pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton, Maine. Buy Photo
Whitley &quotShining Eagle" Gagnon performs a dance at the METIS pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton, Maine.
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Whitley "Shining Eagle" Gagnon performs a dance at the METIS pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton, Maine. Buy Photo
Dried corn hangs in a display booth of native American foods at the METIS pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton, Maine. Corn, which was one of the Indians main foods, was often dried to use later.
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Dried corn hangs in a display booth of native American foods at the METIS pow-wow, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Dayton, Maine. Corn, which was one of the Indians main foods, was often dried to use later. Buy Photo

DAYTON, Maine — The Métis Eastern Tribal Indian Society of Maine gathered last weekend for their annual pow-wow on the society’s land in York County.

The mixed-blood group, which formed in 2003, has roughly 400 members who have at least a trace of native American ancestry.

The pow-wow was a chance for both members and the public to celebrate the Creator, native American spiritual beliefs and Mother Earth, through traditional dances, storytelling and games.

One of the original purposes of a pow-wow “was a get-together for young people from different [Indian] villages,” said Grand Chief Bob “Silver Eagle” Brawn, of Limerick. “We’re here to keep the blood flowing fresh.”

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