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Authentic powwow coming to Flushing

A hundred or more native Americans are expected to gather Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. for an authentic host drum and dance competition to be held at the newly restored Flushing Town Hall theater.

Members of the Ramapo, Apache, Cherokee, Seminole and Mohawk tribes will converge at the site at 137-35 Northern Blvd. for the Native American Pow Wow, which will feature some participants in authentic native American regalia.

Chief Mego Stands High, a Mexican Apache, and festival co-leader Winter Flower, a Ramapo earth mother, will demonstrate a variety of native American dances and teach the assembled crowds expected to file into the 360-seat Town Hall theater.

Among the native dances featured will be the grass dance, snake dance, rabbit dance, round dance, hoop dance, war dance, shawl dance and people dance. Photographs will not be permitted during the grand entry, prayer ceremony or honor dances.

Chief Mego has at turns been a mechanic and steel worker.

According to Flushing Council on Culture & the Arts spokeswoman Alex Williamson, there will be exhibits of native American jewelry and crafts on display and for purchase.

"The food will not be authentic American Indian food," she said.

The Flushing Council on Culture & the Arts and the Northeastern Native American Association are co-sponsoring the event.

Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children and $15 for a family of four. For more information, call 463-7700.

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