MONTROSE - A new Indian Nations Powwow will be held in Montrose next month for all Native American nations and the public, also serving as a substitute for the Delta powwow, canceled this year for lack of funds.

“What we are hoping to do here is bridge a cultural awareness,” said C.J. Brafford, Ute Indian Museum director. “We want it to be a good time for all. It is open to the public, and there will be times where they can come out and enjoy themselves in song and drumming and get a feel of the culture - be part of it.”

The event Sept. 24-26 at Friendship Hall on the Montrose County Fairgrounds will be the largest powwow on the Western Slope this year, said Shirley Bradbury, event coordinator through THE Corner.

It also can fill the void created with the cancellation of this year’s Delta Council Tree Powwow & Cultural Festival - a September event since 1992 that is expected to resume in 2011.

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