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CdA tribe brings dance, culture and cardio to Washington, D.C.

PowWow Sweat dancers from the Coeur d’Alene tribe after their interactive performance Friday at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. (Ritu Prasad/Medill News Service)
PowWow Sweat dancers from the Coeur d’Alene tribe after their interactive performance Friday at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. (Ritu Prasad/Medill News Service)

Dressed in a traditional “jingle dress,” a multicolored outfit covered with silver ornaments that clink when she moves, Antone and other members of the tribe’s Powwow Sweat dance group visited the nation’s capital this week to teach visitors to the National Museum of the American Indian how to perform tribal dances and – more important – the cultural significance of those dances to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. The event was part of the eighth-annual Living Earth Festival.

The three-day festival brings together Native American artists from across the country, featuring dancers, artisans and chefs cooking traditional cuisine. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe is one of 567 federally recognized tribes in the U.S, according to the National Congress of American Indians. Their Powwow Sweat dancers kicked off the festival with a 45-minute class that taught visitors the basics of their dance exercise routine. Read more.




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.