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Pow-Wow set for Friday at Enumclaw High School

Enumclaw School District Native American specialist Cathy Calvert is eager to point out how her program’s dance troupe has grown, noting that 18 students will perform at this year’s Pow-Wow Friday at the Enumclaw High School gymnasium. Grand entry is slated for 7 p.m. and, since the event is free and open to the public, Calvert is hoping the number of attendees will multiply as well.

“We hope to build on last year’s growth,” she said.

Even with the opening of the Muckleshoot Tribal School down the road, the district’s Native American program did not see a decline. Calvert said the program is 93 students strong, representing 47 tribes and 71 families.

Enumclaw Middle School eighth-grade student Wyatt Duncan, a member of the Yakama tribe, will serve as this year’s Warrior, while Westwood Elementary School fifth-grade student Rayni Koehn, a Squaskin, has been chosen Princess.

The Pow-Wow concludes a week of activities across the district that included assemblies at both middle schools.

Between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday, Native American artists and leaders, including a Quinault storyteller, will be visiting EHS classrooms. The day’s activities finish up with an assembly.

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