The State Department of Health also has one of its mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics set up outside the Denver Coliseum throughout the weekend.
DENVER – After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Denver has a long time March Powwow returned and drew crowds of people.
The event is yet another sign that communities are in a new place in the pandemic, with the case being the lowest they have been in months.
“I think it’s really a significant event for a lot of people,” Denver March Powwow President Ken LaDeaux said.
When the event was canceled in 2020 and 2021, he said it was a welcome opportunity for more than 100 vendors to make up for lost business from previous years.
“We supply a lot of crafts, traditional crafts made by the tribal people themselves,” LaDeaux said.
A dance competition took place on Saturday, with dancers from different tribes across not only Colorado, but around the country and beyond.
The event also honors people in tribal communities for certain accomplishments, as well as commemorating those who have passed away.
LaDeaux estimates that over 200 tribes have come to the festival in recent years.
He adds that the festival places emphasis on education.
“This cultural event has a lot to do with education,” he said. “Much of our effort is to try to pass that knowledge and information on to the non-tribal public.”
The event also gives people a chance to get doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The state Department of Health set up a mobile vaccine clinic outside the Denver Coliseum where the event took place, offering free COVID-19 shots. No ID or insurance was required.
“Encourage someone to come and get the vaccine. It’s not just for the tribal people, but anyone who is interested in doing so,” LaDeaux said.
According to the latest data from DDPHE61.3% (2,733 people) of Indians ages 5 and older in Denver County are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
It shows the latest data from the Tri-County Health Department that 67% (2,059 people) of Native American or Alaskan Indians in Arapahoe County are fully vaccinated, with 61% (1,909 people) in Adams County.
LaDeaux adds that the event has helped give hope.
“There are many of our tribal members and many people who are no longer here who have suffered from the difficulties of COVID. So I think it gives them hope that there is a way out of this,” he said. he.
The Denver March Powwow runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, and the Mobile Vaccine Clinic is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at the front ticket windows at the Denver Coliseum.
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