Mixed blood pow wow in Dayton celebrates native American heritage

Posted June 18, 2013, at 6:11 a.m.

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.”