Photos: Honoring Our Sacred Mothers: Mother's Day Pow Wow and Indian Festival in Georgia

Photos: 28th Annual Indian festival honored sacred women, mothers and grandmothers at the Native American Mother's Day Pow Wow in Canton
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Last Mother's Day weekend and the 28th Annual Mother's Day Pow Wow and Indian Festival in Canton, GA saw another great turnout in 2017. The festival and pow wow showcased indigenous cultures to include Aztec Dancers Ricardo Garcia and family, music from award winning Arvel Bird and hoop dancer Cody Boettner.

The two-day pow wow also hosted men's, women's and children's competition dancing and an honor dance for the late Chipa Wolfe, founder of Rolling Thunder Enterprises.

Grandmothers and mothers also received an honor dance, and many had their children and grandchildren at their side. Mothers from the audience were invited to participate in the celebration and joined with the dancers filling the arena.

"Many people look forward to the Mother's day pow wow,” said coordinator Cecilia Wolfe. “Mothers love you, raise you. and guide you through life. To have one day to honor them is merely a fraction of what they deserve, but it's a start."

In addition to the celebrations, attendees enjoyed multiple vendors such as the beautiful handmade jewelry sold by Wild Sage, Traditional Hands, and Kelly Indian Jewelry that are all certified by The Indian Arts & Crafts Association (IACA) so that shoppers are confident they are purchasing authentically crafted merchandise.

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There was also a birds of prey demonstration by Ray Pena, traditional skills from Jim Sawgrass and a Northern Plains encampment.

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Audra Delgadillo and Sharon Partin at the Mother's Day pow wow in Canton, GA. Amy Morris

Audra Delgadillo and Sharon Partin at the Mother's Day pow wow in Canton, GA. Amy Morris

at the Mother's Day pow wow in Canton, GA. Amy Morris

Aztec dancer at the Mother's Day pow wow in Canton, GA. Amy Morris

Dolly Mousseau Braveheart enjoying the pow wow weekend with her granddaughter.

Dolly Mousseau Braveheart enjoying the pow wow weekend with her granddaughter.

Fancy shawl dancer, Wahlalah Brown of the Eastern Band of Cherokee at the Mother's Day pow wow in Canton, GA. Amy Morris

Fancy shawl dancer, Wahlalah Brown of the Eastern Band of Cherokee.

Mothers and grandmothers line up for the judges at the 28th Mother's day Pow Wow in Canton, GA.

Mothers and grandmothers line up for the judges at the 28th Mother's day Pow Wow in Canton, GA.

Mothers Taryn Walking Eagle-Mesteth and Amanda Tortalita participating in the 28th Mother's day Pow Wow in Canton, GA (1)

Mothers Taryn Walking Eagle-Mesteth and Amanda Tortalita participating in the 28th Mother's day Pow Wow in Canton, GA (1)

Mothers Taryn Walking Eagle-Mesteth and Amanda Tortalita participating in the 28th Mother's day Pow Wow in Canton, GA. Amy Morris

Mothers Taryn Walking Eagle-Mesteth and Amanda Tortalita participating in the 28th Mother's day Pow Wow in Canton, GA.

Tiny tots dance in the arena guided by their mothers at the Mother's Day Pow Wow in Canton, GA

Tiny tots dance in the arena guided by their mothers at the Mother's Day Pow Wow in Canton, GA

Wahlalah Brown and daughter Winter of the Eastern band of Cherokee at the Mother's Day pow wow in Canton, GA. Amy Morris

Wahlalah Brown and daughter Winter of the Eastern band of Cherokee at the Mother's Day pow wow in Canton, GA.