The power of the powwow | Slideshow

Enumclaw High School and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe put together the 23rd annual powwow last weekend.

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe’s 23rd annual Powwow at Enumclaw High School was a powerful and lively event, from the dozens of dancers of every age decked out in glorious regalia to the singing and drumming of drum groups around Washington, including the host drum Young Society.

The Powwow is also time for the reigning powwow royalty to pass down their titles, and for the new royalty to reign for all of this next year.

Pictured above is Grace Leatham, 15, a ninth-grader at Enumclaw High School, who circled the high school gymnasium during her last dance as the powwow princess. Leatham has been dancing since she was in kindergarten, and is of the Tsimshian, Blackfeet and Cherokee tribes.

Receiving Leatham’s title was Kassady Helsen, 10, a fourth-grader at Westwood Elementary, pictured below dancing in the girls jingle. She’s been dancing for five years, and is of the Squaxin tribe.

Joseph Kirkland, 12, was also given the title of reigning warrior for this year, and is pictured below Helsen dancing in the junior boys grass competition. Kirkland, a seventh-grader at Enumclaw Middle School, has been dancing for two years, and is of the Cherokee, Choctaw and Elim (Native Alaskan) tribes.

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