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Mole Lake Chippewa Hold Annual Pow Wow Submitted: 04/01/2012
Crandon - You may have heard the drums beating all across Forest County this weekend. The Sokaogon Mole Lake Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa held their annual TRAILS Pow Wow.

The pow wow is held every year, and it's growing so much they've had to move it to the Crandon High School gym. People come all the way from Michigan, Minnesota and even Canada.

The March Pow Wow is put on by the TRAILS group, which stands for Testing Realities and Investigating Lifestyles. "In that program they try to steer the kids away from alcohol, drugs, and try to help them on the right path. You know, to make their way in life," says Tina Van Zile, Organizer of the TRAILS Pow Wow.

The local TRAILS group has a youth council with eight kids on it, and they work with Van Zile and two other adults to organize the annual event.

Seven groups of drummers and singers gathered in the middle of the gym, while dancers from toddlers to elders moved to the beat.

This weekends pow wow was traditional, which means there's no competition, just a fun exhibition of rich history and tradition.

Written By: Lyndsey Stemm

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