Fairfax, Virginia -- Native American Church of Va. President René White Feather led the Veterans' Honor Ceremony dance at George Mason University today (Veteran's Day), thanks to the GMU's Native American and Indian Studies Alliance.
More than 20 veterans and hundreds of others from around the world attended GMU's 12th Annual Veterans' Pow Wow to experience traditional Native American music & dancing, shop authentic Indigenous handcrafted items including jewelry, pottery, textile arts and apparel and eat fry bread.
"What a privilege to be asked to be first in line to honor our ancestors," said René who is Lumbee and a female veteran.
The Pow Wow head staff included: Dennis Zotigh (Kiowa), Master of Ceremonies; Manuel Rodriguez, Arena Director; Louis Campbell (Lumbee), Head Man Dancer; Elyse Sparks, Head Woman Dancer; and drum groups Stoney Creek and Youghtanund.
The Pow Wow took place in Dewberry Hall of the Johnson Center, on GMU's Fairfax campus.
"What an privilege to be asked to be first in line to honor our ancestors," said Native American Church of Virginia female veteran.
René (left) and Heather (right)